A Global Aerolineas Damojh Blue Panorama Boeing 737-500 on behalf of Cubana de Aviacion, probably registration XA-UZK performing flight CU-972 from Havanna to Holguin (Cuba) with 104 people on board, lost height shortly after takeoff and burst into flames. Emergency services are responding, no further details known so far.
Cuban Authorities confirmed an accident at Havana Airport, there is intense fire. A massive response by emergency services has been dispatched.
Cuba’s Ministry of Transport reported the aircraft belonged to Global Aerolineas Damojh based in Mexico.
Cuban Media report a Blue Panorama Boeing 737 leased by Cubana de Aviacion crashed on takeoff. I-BPAC was seen operating flights CU-1976 and CU-1945 today and was in Havana at the time of the accident.
According to ATDB Global Aerolineas Damojh operate three Boeing 737s: a Boeing 737-200 registration XA-UHZ, a Boeing 737-200 XA-UMQ and a Boeing 737-500 XA-UZK. Neither aircraft appeared in Mode-S transponder data throughout the day.
According to Transponder1200 a Global Air Boeing 737-500 registration XA-UZK began operating for Cubana a few days ago.
Scene at the crash site (Photo: AFP):
Plume of smoke seen from the terminal of Havana (Photo: LUNA):