Another survivor of plane crash dies in Havana

Source: Xinhua| 2018-05-25 23:43:01|Editor: yan
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HAVANA, May 25 (Xinhua) -- Another Cuban survivor of last week's plane crash has died at a local hospital, raising the death toll to 112, local media reported Friday.

"With deep sorrow, the Ministry of Public Health informs to the population that today Friday, at 1:45 (0545 GMT) in the morning, died Emiley Sanchez from Holguin, survivor of the plane crash that occurred on May 18," said an official statement broadcasted by state-run Radio Reloj.

Sanchez, 40, was hospitalized in the intensive care ward of the Calixto Garcia hospital due to severe traumatic lesions and burns caused by the accident, according to the statement.

Three Cuban women had survived when the Boeing 737 aircraft crashed shortly after taking off from Havana. Two of the women have now died, leaving only one survivor, Mailen Diaz, still in critical condition.

Diaz, 19, responds in a positive way to neurological stimulus and is conscious sometimes, according to earlier reports.

The plane, leased by local company Cubana de Aviacion from the Mexican airline Damojh, was en route to Holguin in eastern Cuba. The aircraft was carrying 113 people on board, including six crew members, all Mexicans, and five foreign passengers. The rest of the passengers were Cubans.

So far, the specialists from the Cuban Institute of Legal Medicine have identified 74 corpses of the victims.

Cuban authorities have already found the two black boxes containing the flight data and are still investigating the cause of the crash.

At the site of the crash, about 1 kilometer south of the airport, Cuban experts continue to work on collecting evidence. Local specialists were joined by Mexican aviation authorities, experts from Boeing, the plane's manufacturer, and U.S. personnel from the National Transportation Safety Board.