Havana Plane Crash: Boeing 737 Crashes After Takeoff in Cuba, Report Says

A Boeing 737 crashed shortly after taking off from José Martí International Airport in Havana on Friday, initial reports said. 

Cuban state-run newspaper Granma said the plane was carrying 104 passengers, three of whom survived. 

An airport employee told the Associated Press that workers were told of the crash. Cuban state television reported that the plane, leased by national airline Cubana de Aviación, was en route to the city of Holguín.

"It seems that there is a high number of victims," Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel said, according to Agence France-Presse.

Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holness tweeted about the situation Friday afternoon. "Our thoughts and prayers go out to our Caribbean neighbours in Cuba after a Boeing 737 passenger jet crashed this afternoon at Havana's Jose Marti International Airport in Cuba," he wrote. "We pray for the safety of the passengers and flight crew."

A foreign crew was aboard the plane, Granma reported. The Mexican Embassy in Cuba said it activated its "emergency protocols" in the wake of the crash. A photo from the airport posted on social media showed a thick plume of black smoke nearby. The cause of the crash remains unknown.

A flight tracker on the José Martí Airport website showed a flight operated by Cubana de Aviación scheduled to leave Havana at 11:00 CDT and arrive in Holguín at 12:20. 

A 737 can seat anywhere from 126 people to 178 people, according to Boeing. Boeing said that it was "aware of news reports" and that it was "closely monitoring the situation."

This is a developing story and will be updated as more information becomes available.

GettyImages-959891132 Emergency personnel work at the site after a Cubana de Aviación aircraft crashed following takeoff from Havana's José Martí International Airport on May 18. ADALBERTO ROQUE/AFP/Getty Images

flight tracker A flight tracker on the José Martí International Airport website showed a flight operated by Cubana de Aviación scheduled to leave Havana at 11:00 CDT and arrive in Holguín at 12:20. Jose Marti International Airport Flight Tracker

GettyImages-959885272 The scene after a Cubana de Aviación aircraft crashed following takeoff from Havana's José Martí Airport on May 18. ADALBERTO ROQUE/AFP/Getty Images