Boeing 737 crashes just after take-off from Havana, Cuba

BREAKING: A plane has crashed in Cuba, shortly after takeoff from Havana’s Jose Marti International Airport.

The flight, operated by national airline Cubana de Aviacon, was headed to the Cuban city of Holguin on the eastern side of the island.

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

In a post on social media, Cuba’s ambassador to the US, Jose Ramon Cabanas, said 104 passengers were on board.

Casualties have been reported.

Boeing 737 crashes just after take-off from Havana, Cuba

According to witnesses, a large fireball followed by a towering plume of smoke was visible near the airport on the outskirts of the Cuban capital.

Local media reported that the plane lay in a farm and appeared heavily damaged and burnt, with firefighters spraying water on the smoldering remains.

Government officials including President Miguel Diaz-Canel rushed to the site, along with a large number of emergency service workers and ambulances.

Cubana de Aviacion has reportedly had to ground some of its ageing fleet due to safety issues, though the cause of this crash is so far unknown.

Details to follow.