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HAVANA — A Cuban airliner flying from the eastern city of Santiago de Cuba to the capital crashed in a mountainous area after declaring an emergency Thursday evening with 68 people aboard, including 28 foreigners, state media reported. There was no immediate word on whether any survived.
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AeroCaribbean Flight 883 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.
State media said the names of those on board would be released later.
Rescue workers were at the scene and had recovered the first bodies, according to the local state-run newspaper Escambray. It said they were also searching the rugged area for survivors.
A photo posted on the paper's Web site showed a large piece of the plane
in flames, with rescue workers in olive-green military uniforms
standing around it. It said the local Communist Party chief as well as
Interior Ministry and other officials were at the scene helping with the
In a separate disaster, a small, private plane chartered to an oil
company crashed near the airport in Pakistan's largest city Friday after
the pilot warned of engine trouble, killing all 22 people on board,
The crash was the second in less than four months in Pakistan — the
latest tragedy in a year when massive floods left millions homeless and
Islamist militants kept up attacks. The previous crash, in July, killed
152 people and was the worst-ever on Pakistani soil.
The plane that crashed Friday morning had just taken off from the
southern city of Karachi. The pilot told the control tower minutes
before the crash that there appeared to be some fault with the engine,
said Pervez George, a spokesman for the country's Civil Aviation
The pilot was ordered to return to the airport, but as he was turning
the aircraft, it went down in an open field, the spokesman said. The
plane caught on fire after the crash. TV footage from the scene showed
it had broken into pieces, with the tail completely separated from the
otherwise charred body.
"The bodies onboard are beyond recognition," said Army Lt. Col. Noor Alam, a lead rescue official.
The make and model of the plane were not immediately clear, but
officials said it was chartered to an oil company and headed to an oil
field in the Bhitshah area in southern Sindh province.
State-run Pakistan Television said foreigners may have been among the
passengers. The US Embassy said it was checking to see if any were