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Cuban airliner crashes en route to Havana with 68 aboard, 28 foreigners

Nov 4, 2010 11:15:00 PM - thestate.com
HAVANA - A Cuban airliner flying from the eastern city of Santiago de Cuba to the capital crashed Thursday night with 68 people aboard, including 28 foreigners, state media reported. There was no immediate word on whether any survived.

The AeroCaribbean plane went down near the village of Guasimal in Santi Spiritus province, carrying 61 passengers and a crew of seven, state television said. It said 28 passengers were foreigners, but did not give a breakdown of nationalities.

At Havana's national terminal, relatives of those on board the plane were kept sequestered away from other passengers and journalists.

The newscast gave no details on what happened, saying only that the cause of the crash was being investigated.

The flight would have been one of the last leaving Santiago de Cuba for Havana ahead of Tropical Storm Tomas, which was on a track to pass between Cuba's eastern end and the western coast of Haiti. Cuban media said earlier that flights and train service to Santiago were being suspended until the storm passed.

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