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A firefighter works in the wreckage of a Boeing 737 plane that crashed in the agricultural area of Boyeros, around 20 km (12 miles) south of Havana May 18, 2018.

Another Cuba plane crash survivor dies, death toll rises to 112

Fri, May 25, 2018 17:49

HAVANA, May 25, 2018 (News Wires) - One of the survivors of the plane crash just outside Havana airport last week died early on Friday, state-run media cited the Cuban government as saying, raising the death toll from one of Cuba's worst air disasters to 112.

Emiley Sanchez, a 40-year old Cuban from the eastern city of Holguin where the Boeing 737 had been heading, died in a hospital in the capital due to “severe traumatic lesions and burns” suffered in the accident.

“Her state was extremely critical with a unfavorable prognostic and on a progressive downwards path that we could not reverse,” the Health Ministry said in a statement read on state-run radio station Radio Reloj.

Three Cuban women had originally survived when the Boeing 737 crashed shortly after takeoff and burst into flames. Two of them have now died, leaving one survivor fighting for her life.

The plane had been leased by the little-known Mexican company, Damojh, to Cuba's flagship carrier Cubana, and all but 11 of 113 passengers on board were Cuban.

The foreigners were seven Mexicans including the crew, two Argentine tourists, and two Sahrawis from a disputed area in the Western Sahara who were resident in Cuba.

Cuba is leading the probe into the crash, together with Mexican and US investigators, and has retrieved the black box with flight data and voice recordings from the cockpit.

 

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