Emergency workers in Russian Federation searched snow-covered fields outside Moscow on Monday, looking for body fragments and clues after a fatal plane crash a day earlier killed all 71 people on board.
Prior to Friday's crash, Cuba's most recent air accident occurred in April 2017, when eight military personnel died when a Russian-made AN-26 transport aircraft went down in western Cuba.
The plane was rented by Cubana, and an employee of a small Mexican charter firm says the aircraft belongs to the company. "At the time of this bad tragedy, our thoughts are with Cuba", he added.
The Boeing crashed shortly after taking off from Havana's Jose Marti airport, coming down in a field near the airport and sending a thick column of acrid smoke into the air.
Regarding the five foreign passengers - two Argentinians, one Mexican and two foreign residents in Cuba - Rabel said officials have been in contact with the respective embassies and consulates. A six-person Mexican crew was also on board.
Another pilot who used to work for Damojh told Mexican newspaper Milenio he had complained about a lack of adequate maintenance of planes.
Officials don't yet know what caused the demise of the plane, which was rented from Mexican charter airline Damojh.
ReutersServices were held after the tragedy and prayers were said for the three survivors, who are in a critical condition, throughout Cuba on Sunday. "(The customer representative) came in this morning she told us that we might not actually be leaving this afternoon, it could be extended until tomorrow or even possibly towards more the end of the week". Damojh operates three Boeing 737s, two 737-300s and the 737-201 that crashed Friday, according to Mexican officials.
The plane was on a domestic flight from Havana to the eastern city of Holguin.
The plane was operated by Cubana.
The only three survivors of Cuba's worst aviation disaster in three decades were clinging to life Saturday, a day after their passenger jet carrying 113 people crashed in a fireball in Havana's rural outskirts. There was no immediate word on casualties.
Following the incident Cuban president Miguel Díaz-Canel arrived at the location to take stock of the situation. Cuba has been able to buy planes produced in other countries, including France and Ukraine, but has pulled many from service due to maintenance problems and other issues.
"It had an engine on fire, in flames, it was falling toward the ground", Martinez said, adding that the plane veered into the field where it crashed, avoiding potential fatalities in a nearby residential area.