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  • Only two Cuban women have survived but are in a critical condition due to burns and other trauma.

    Only two Cuban women have survived but are in a critical condition due to burns and other trauma. | Photo: Reuters

Published 25 May 2018

The Boeing 737 had been destined for the eastern city of Holguin, 100 of the victims were Cuban.

Cuban search teams have retrieved the flight data recorder from the passenger plane that crashed last Friday, killing all but two of the 113 people on board, local media reported late Thursday.

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They had already found the cockpit voice recorder. Videos of the tragedy taken by passers-by and locals, plus their testimony had helped investigators locate the second recorder.

Both, known as the "black box," are crucial to explaining what went wrong with the 39-year-old plane, which crashed into fields south of Havana shortly after takeoff, bursting into flames.

The Boeing 737, leased by Mexican company Damojh to Cuba's flagship carrier Cubana, had been destined for the eastern city of Holguin, 100 of the victims were Cuban.

Seven Mexicans, two Argentines and two Sahrawis from a disputed area in the Western Sahara known as the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic also died in the tragedy.

Cuba is leading the probe into the crash, one of the Caribbean island's worst ever, together with Mexican and other international investigators.

Only two Cuban women have survived but are in a critical condition due to burns, and other trauma, the director of the hospital where they are being attended has said.

Mexico’s civil aviation authority said Monday it had suspended Damojh’s operations while it made sure the firm adhered to regulations and gathered information to help investigators find the cause of the crash.


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