Two Australians killed in Cuban plane crash

14:04, November 06, 2010      

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Two Australian women are among the 68 people killed in Cuba's worst plane crash in two decades, Australian authorities confirmed on Saturday.

The ATR-72 turboprop plane of the state-run Aero Caribbean airline on Thursday crashed near the village of Guasimal, 355 km east of Havana, in the central Sancti Spiritus province of Cuba.

Cuba's emergency crews on Friday recovered the charred remains of the victims who were aboard the domestic Aero Caribbean aircraft.

Earlier, the Austrian Embassy confirmed that two Australians killed in the crash were initially mistakenly reported as Austrians.

A spokeswoman from Australia's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) on Saturday said there were "grave concerns for two Australian women who were onboard".

"Consular officials have been in contact with family members of the two Australians," the spokeswoman told Australia Associated Press on Saturday. "Officials from the Australian embassy in Mexico will travel to Havana, in Cuba."

Also among the passengers killed were eight Europeans, nine Argentines, seven Mexicans, a Venezuelan and a Japanese national.

Source:Xinhua

(Editor:黄蓓蓓)

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