The Cuban authorities say they have no reports of any survivors from the twin-turboprop plane carrying 68 people that crashed in the mountainous centre of the country during the night. 28 foreigners are among those missing.
The plane took off in bad weather from Santiago de Cuba, on alert as Tropical Storm Thomas arrived, before crashing near Guasimal in Sancti Spiritus province after what eyewitnesses described as “several brusque movements” in the air.
An emergency call was made before the plane lost contact with controllers and crashed into dense jungle. A bulldozer was needed to clear a way to the burning wreckage.