Transportation

Plane Carrying 68 People Crashes in Cuba

| by Mark Berman Opposing Views

Disaster in Cuba -- a passenger plane carrying 68 people crashed Thursday night, according to state media. There was no word on whether anybody survived.

 

The AeroCaribbean twin turboprop plane was on its was from the eastern city of Santiago de Cuba to Havana when it went down. There were 61 passengers and seven crew aboard. State television said 28 of the passengers were foreigners, but did not give a breakdown of nationalities.

It's not known exactly why the plane crashed -- media reports only said that it is being investigated.

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"This is very sad," said Caridad de las Mercedes Gonzalez, who was manning an airport information desk. "We are very worried. This has taken us by surprise."

The flight would have been one of the last leaving Santiago de Cuba for Havana ahead of Tropical Storm Tomas, which was on a track to hit parts of the island on Friday.

AeroCaribbean is owned by Cuban state airline Cubana de Aviacion.