BREAKING A Boeing 737 has crashed after take off from José Marti International Airport, Cuba

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A Boeing 737-200 (reg. XA-UHZ) crashed shortly after a takeoff from José Marti International Airport in Cuba.

Cuban authorities said the fiery crash of an aging Boeing passenger jet on Friday shortly after takeoff from Havana had killed 110 of the 113 on board, making it the Caribbean island’s deadliest air disaster in nearly 30 years.

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  • UPDATE 12 Investigators have retrieved at least one cockpit recorder from the wreckage of the Boeing 737-200 that crashed 18 May near Havana.
  • UPDATE 11 Mexico’s civil aviation authority said on Monday it will temporarily suspend operations of Aerolineas Damojh while it reviews the Mexican airline service company after one of its planes crashed in Cuba.
  • UPDATE 10 According to reports, a survivor succumbed to her injuries bringing the total death toll of #CU972 to 111.
  • UPDATE 9 Confirmation aircraft involved is a Boeing 737-200 (reg. XA-UHZ).
  • UPDATE 8 New footage from state TV shows a survivor evacuated from crash site.
  • UPDATE 7 Three survivors hospitalized “in critical condition” – state-run newspaper Granma.
  • UPDATE 6 The aircraft is belonging to Global Air based in Mexico.
  • UPDATE 5 Footage from the terminal shows the aircraft crashed close to the runway at José Marti International Airport.
  • UPDATE 4 First pictures from crash site released by AFP/Getty.

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  • UPDATE 3 Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel has said he feared that there would be many fatalities.
  • UPDATE 2 José Marti International Airport is closed.
  • UPDATE 1 Cubana flight #CU972 carrying 104 passengers on a domestic flight to Holguin.

It crashed near a motorway and a high school in the Boyeros neighborhood, located next to the airport.

Pictures from the scene show a large plume of black smoke visible from the terminal

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