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Only 3 Survive Cuban Plane Crash

There was a 4th survivor, but that person died in the hospital
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted May 19, 2018 7:30 AM CDT
Forensic investigators and Ministry of Interior officers sift through remains of a Boeing 737 that plummeted into a yuca field with more than 100 passengers on board in Havana, Cuba, on Friday.   (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)

(Newser) – Amid tragedy, a sliver of good news: Three women have survived the plane crash in Cuba that killed more than 100 Friday, the BBC reports. The survivors were pulled from the wreckage at the crash site and all are said to be in serious condition, per Reuters. There was a fourth survivor of the crash, but that person died after arriving at the Calixto Garcia hospital, the hospital's director says. A local paper says one survivor is between 18 and 25, the second is in her 30s, and the third is 39. "She is alive but very burned and swollen," a relative of one of the women noted.

The Boeing 737, which authorities say was built in 1979 and last inspected in November, had been under lease to the Cuban state airline through the Mexican company Aerolineas Damojh, also known as Global Air. It's still not clear what brought the plane down, though witnesses tell the BBC they saw it catch on fire before crashing. Mexico's transportation department noted on its website that "during takeoff (the plane) apparently suffered a problem and dived to the ground." Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel, who says an investigation is underway, designated a 30-hour official period of mourning, from 6am Saturday to noon on Sunday. The last time a plane crash of this magnitude took place in Cuba was in 1989, when an Ilyushin-62M passenger plane went down near Havana, killing all 126 on board. (Read more Cuba stories.)

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