Update on Cuba plane crash: More than 100 killed, three survivors critical

More than 100 people were killed when a Cubana de Aviacion Boeing 737-200 crashed on takeoff from Havana's Jose Marti International Airport.

Three passengers were in critical condition after surviving the crash, state-run media reported.

The plane, a Boeing 737-200 leased by state airline Cubana de Aviacion from a small Mexican carrier and operated by a Mexican crew, went down in a field within a couple of miles of Havana’s José Martí International Airport.

There were conflicting accounts of the exact number of people on board; Cuban media reported that as many as 105 passengers were listed, plus up to nine foreign crew members.

The Cuban state-run newspaper Granma did not immediately provide a death toll but said that only three people survived the crash, which occurred at 12:08 Eastern time.

It said the three were rushed to a hospital in critical condition.

Cuban television reported that all three of the survivors were women.

It said five children were among the passengers, including an infant under 2 years old.

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