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Cuban airplane crashes at takeoff from Havana airport
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Cuban airplane crashes at takeoff from Havana airport


Cuba"™s state-run television reports that a Boeing 737 Cubana de Aviacion flight crashed as it took off from Havana"™s Jose Marti airport.

An airport source tells CNN"™s Patrick Oppmann that there are casualties. It is unclear how many passengers were on board and/or if there are fatalities.

A huge fireball was spotted after a Cubana airliner crashed during takeoff at Havana"™s Jose Marti airport on Friday.

Reports also indicate that there is a thick plume of smoke visible around the airport.

Reports also coming from a source in the airport of firefighters trying to get the fire under control and a heavy police presence on the scene at the airport.

An aging fleet: In the last few weeks that Cubana de Aviacion, Cuba"™s national carrier, had to ground a number of their aging fleet because they said there were safety issues, though the cause of this crash is not known…


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