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A Boeing 373 has crashed shortly after departing from Havana Jose Marti International Airport in Cuba.

The plane, operated by national airline Cubana de Aviacon was scheduled to travel to the city of Holguin on the eastern side of the island.

Three survivors have been rushed to hospital in critical condition, whilst one passenger has been confirmed to have died from burns and trauma, according to Reuters.

With 104 passengers onboard the flight, the Cuban President told AFP that a “high number of victims” is to be expected.

Tributes have begun to pour in from high-profile figures and online users.

Prime Minister of Jamaica Andrew Holness tweeted: “Our thoughts and prayers go out to our Caribbean neighbours in Cuba after a Boeing 737 passenger jet crashed this afternoon at Havana’s Jose Marti International Airport in Cuba.

“We pray for the safety of the passengers and flight crew.”

Alison Grimes, Kentucky’s Secretary of State tweeted: “Prayers for all those aboard this aircraft & for the first responders assisting in Havana.”

Perez Hilton wrote: “Sometimes I wish I could live in the blissful bubble of just my family life, but that’s not reality. The news is heavy today. #Cuba”

US baseball player Marcus Stroman tweeted: “Prayers for the world man. Constant stream of bad news. Thoughts with everyone involved in the Texas school shooting and the plane crash in Cuba.”

Many online users express their shock regarding the incident.

One Twitter use wrote: “Thoughts are with all my dear friends in Cuba.”

Another remarked: “Just flew in from Cuba. My flight left at 11:20 from exit B12 and the plane that crashed left from B13 at 12:00pm.

“Shocked to say the least. When something isn’t meant for you, it’s not meant for you.”

One person asked: “Why must there be so much pain in the world.”

The airport welcomes nearly six million passengers to the country every year.

Cuba’s last major airline incident occurred last year, when a military plane crashed into a hillside in Cuba, killing eight troops onboard.

In 2010, a flight from Santiago to Havana crashed after flying through bad weather, killing all 68 people onboard.

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