7 Mexicans confirmed dead in Cuba plane Crash

12:15, November 06, 2010      

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Mexican Foreign Ministry on Friday confirmed in a statement that seven Mexican citizens died in a plane crash in Sancti Spiritus province of Cuba on Thursday.

The ministry said in the statement that it has already contacted the relatives of the victims and expressed its condolences to them for the crash.

A government-run Aero Caribbean airline's Flight 883, with 61 passengers and seven crew members including 28 foreigners onboard, was flying to Havana from the eastern city of Santiago de Cuba. There were no survivors.

After the crash, Cuba's Civil Aviation Authority said that out of 28 foreigners nine were from Argentina, seven from Mexico, three from Holland, two each from Germany and Austria, and one each from France, Italy, Spain, Venezuela and Japan. The plane that crashed was an ATR 72, made by French-Italian company ATR.

Meanwhile, Mexico has sent its embassy staff in Cuban capital Havana to the site of Thursday's air crash, the ministry said in a Friday statement.

"Staff are in close contact with Cuban authorities to verify clearly the nationality and identity of passengers," the statement said. "The Mexican embassy in Havana was given the names of several passengers who appeared to have checked onto the crash flight with Mexican passports."

"Should the data be corroborated, the Foreign Ministry will lend all the consular assistance needed to these people and their families in Mexico," the statement said.



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