Deadly Cuban plane crash
GUASIMAL, Cuba (AP)
A STATE airliner filled with Cubans and travellers from Europe and Latin America crashed and burst into flames in a mountainous area of Cuba after declaring an emergency and losing contact with air traffic controllers.
Sixty-eight persons - 40 Cubans and 28 foreigners - died in the island's worst air disaster in more than 20 years.
AeroCaribbean Flight 883 was en route from the eastern city of Santiago de Cuba to the capital when it reported an emergency at 5:42 p.m. local time on Thursday, then lost contact with air traffic controllers.
It went down near Guasimal, a village in Sancti Spiritus province, carrying 61 passengers and a crew of seven.
Cuba's Civil Aviation Authority issued a statement hours later saying there were no survivors. It released a list of passengers that included nine Argentines, seven Mexicans, three Dutch citizens, two Germans, two Austrians, a French citizen, an Italian, a Spaniard, a Venezuelan and a Japanese. The seven member crew were all Cuban, as were 33 passengers.
AeroCaribbean Flight 883 was en route from the eastern city of Santiago de Cuba to the capital when it reported an emergency at 5:42 p.m. local time Thursday.