SA sends condolences to Cuba following plane crash

Sunday, May 20, 2018

President Cyril Ramaphosa has sent his condolences to the people of Cuba following the plane crash that occurred in Havana on Friday.

It has been reported that the Boeing 737, flying domestically, burst into flames shortly after take-off from the Havana's Jose Marti International Airport on Friday.

The crash claimed the lives of 110 people. Of these 99 were Cubans, 11 foreigners including six Mexican crew members, two Argentines, one Mexican and two temporary foreign residents.

Three survivors of the tragic accident have been identified as Mailen Diaz, 19, Gretell Landrovell, 23, and Emily Sanchez, 39.

They are receiving specialized medical attention at the Calixto Garcia University Hospital in the capital, and their condition is critical.

President Ramaphosa said the thoughts of the South African people were with the people of Cuba, particularly the families that have lost their loved ones.

The South African Embassy in Havana is in contact with local authorities and stands ready to provide assistance should there be any South African citizens affected, either directly or indirectly, by the