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Cuban airliner crashes after takeoff from Havana airport

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By Erik Ortiz and Associated Press and Reuters  with NBC News World News
Cuban airliner crashes after takeoff from Havana airport

A commercial airliner carrying about 100 people crashed Friday afternoon shortly after takeoff from Cuba's main airport, Cuban state-run media reported.

Details about the Cubana de Aviacion flight or potential fatalities were not immediately known, but an airport employee in Havana told The Associated Press that airport workers were alerted that a passenger jet had crashed on takeoff from Havana's José Martí International Airport.

The Boeing 737 was headed for the eastern Cuban city of Holguín, according to Prensa Latina, a Cuban state-run news agency. Firefighters were on scene battling a blaze caused by the crash, the agency added.

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