Passenger plane crashes in Cuba

HAVANA—Cuban authorities say all 68 people aboard a state airliner flying from the eastern city of Santiago de Cuba to the capital were killed.

The passengers, including 28 foreigners, were aboard an AeroCaribbean Flight when it crashed in a mountainous area after declaring an emergency. The flight went down Thursday evening near the village of Guasimal in Santi Spiritus province.

Cuba’s Civil Aviation Authority issued a statement early Friday saying there are no survivors. A list of passengers indicates there were no Canadians aboard. The list includes nine Argentines, seven Mexicans, three Dutch citizens, two Germans, two Austrians, a French citizen, an Italian, a Spaniard, a Venezuelan and a Japanese.  AeroCaribbean is owned by Cuban state airline Cubana de Aviacion.

The last passenger plane crash on the island occurred in March 2002, when a Soviet-made biplane carrying 16 people — including 12 foreigners — plunged into a small reservoir in central Cuba. The plane was operated by a small local charter company called Aerotaxi.

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