Cuba observed a weekend of national mourning over Friday’s deadly plane crash that took the lives of 110 passengers and crew.
According to Raul Castro, First Secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba, the mourning period was set to last until midnight on Sunday (0400 GMT Monday).
Among the death victims were 99 Cubans, six Mexican crewmembers, and five foreign tourists: two from Western Sahara, a Mexican tourist and an Argentine couple.
Reports say the plane was almost completely destroyed in the crash and subsequent fire. What appeared to be one of the aircraft’s wings was wedged among scorched tree trunks, but almost nothing remained of the main fuselage.
However, three women managed to survive the ugly incident though in critical condition are receiving treatment in the hospital.
Cuba’s Transport Minister Adel Yzquierdo told reporters one of the plane’s two black boxes had been recovered in “good condition,” and the other was likely to be found within hours.
Similarly, in April 2017, Cuba also lost eight military personnel in a Russian-made AN-26 transport aircraft.