- At least 110 people were confirmed dead in Cuban plane crash
- One of the aircraft’s two black boxes was recovered on Saturday
- Authorities are hoping to find clues on what caused the aircraft to go down
Cuban authorities are now hoping for more clues on what caused the plane crash that killed at least 110 people last Friday, May 18, after one of the ill-fated aircraft’s two black boxes were found.
On Saturday, the Cuban Transport Ministry said they have found the cockpit voice recorder and are hoping to find the flight data recorder anytime soon.
The ageing Boeing 737-200 crashed shortly after taking off while on a domestic flight from the capital Havana’s Jose Marti International Airport en route to the eastern city of Holguin around 12:08 pm (local time).
Among the fatalities were 99 Cubans, six Mexican crew members, two tourists from Argentina, one from Mexico, and two passengers from Western Sahara, according to BBC. These include 20 clergy members of an evangelical church and 5 children.
Three women survived the crash but sustained critical injuries and are now receiving treatment at a local hospital. The survivors were pulled out alive from the debris, the Transport Ministry confirmed.
Authorities remain clueless as to why the 39-year-old jet liner went down amid emerging reports that it received complaints in the aircraft’s safety over the past years.
Witnesses claimed they saw the plane, which was operated by state airline Cubana, with an engine on fire before it went down about 20 kilometers from the airport.
President Miguel Diaz-Canel has declared two days of mourning starting Saturday following the tragedy, while a special panel was formed to conduct an investigation into the country’s worst air disaster in decades.