On May 18, 2018, a 39-year-old Boeing 737  sadly crashed shortly after takeoff.

Eyewitnesses said that the plane made an unusual turn after leaving the runway; one witness on the ground said that she saw one of the plane’s engines on fire. The plane crashed into train tracks and a farm, and a fire erupted from the wreckage.

Cubana de Aviación Flight 972 was a scheduled domestic flight from José Martí International AirportHavanaCuba, to Frank País Airport in Holguín, Cuba.

On May 18, 2018, the 39-year-old Boeing 737-201 Adv.operating the route crashed shortly after takeoff, near Santiago de las Vegas, 19 kilometres (12 mi) from Havana city centre.

Of those on board, 112 died and one passenger survived with critical injuries.There were initially four survivors, but three of them later died in hospital. Most of the victims were Cuban.

Eyewitnesses said that the plane made an unusual turn after leaving the runway; one witness on the ground said that she saw one of the plane’s engines on fire. The plane crashed into train tracks and a farm, and a fire erupted from the wreckage.

No-one on the ground was injured. First responders including firefighters and emergency medical crews rushed to the scene to assist with the rescue efforts.

The country declared an official period of mourning from 6 am on May 19 to 12 midnight on May 20

All but four of the 113 people on board perished in the crash; however, three of the four survivors later died in hospital.[ Flight 972 is the second deadliest aircraft accident in Cuba, surpassed only by the crash of Cubana de Aviación Flight 9646 in 1989, which killed 150 people. The previous major commercial aircraft accident in Cuba was Aero Caribbean Flight 883 in 2010

The site was visited by prominent officials soon after the crash, followed by a call for mourning and for flags to be flown at half-mast. Because the craft was American made, the United States offered to help Cuban authorities investigate the crash.

This offer was accepted, and the investigation is ongoing.

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