17 Killed in Cuba Plane Crash
HAVANA (AP) _ A plane crashed in central Cuba Thursday afternoon, killing 17 people, including 13 foreigners, authorities said.
The plane, described as an AN-2 Aerotaxi, went down around 4:30 p.m. near Santa Clara, the capital of Villa Clara province about 165 miles east of Havana.
The cause of the crash was not immediately known.
The victims were listed as six Canadians, five Britons, four Cubans and two Germans, an official from the International Press Center said Thursday night.
A doctor answering the telephone in the emergency room of Santa Clara’s Arnaldo Milan Castro Hospital, said he was among those who went out to crash site and confirmed that 17 had died. He said there were no survivors, he said.
The doctor, who did not give his name, said police and rescue teams were still working to retrieve the bodies late Thursday evening. It had not been decided where the bodies would be taken, he said.
No other details were immediately available.