Boeing 737 crashes after takeoff in Havana, Cuba

The only three survivors of Cuba’s worst aviation disaster in three decades were clinging to life Saturday, a day after their passenger jet crashed in a fireball in Havana’s rural outskirts with 113 people on board.

In the first official death toll provided by authorities, Transportation Minister Adel Yzquierdo Rodriguez said 110 had died including five children. He also announced that a flight recorder from the plane had been located.

Carlos Alberto Martinez, director of Havana’s Calixto Garcia Hospital where the survivors were being treated, said doctors are always hopeful that their patients will recover, but he acknowledged that the three Cuban women were in extremely grave condition.

“We must be conscious that they present severe injuries,” Martinez told a small group of journalists. “They are in a critical state.”

Cuban officials identified the women as Maylen Diaz, 19, of Holguin; Grettel Landrovell, 23, of Havana; and Emiley Sanchez, 39, of Holguin. (AP)

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<p>Grieving relatives of passengers who perished in Cuba’s worst aviation disaster leave the morgue, in Havana, Cuba, Saturday, May 19, 2018. (Photo: Ramon Espinosa/AP) </p>
Boeing 737 crashes after takeoff in Havana, Cuba

Grieving relatives of passengers who perished in Cuba’s worst aviation disaster leave the morgue, in Havana, Cuba, Saturday, May 19, 2018. (Photo: Ramon Espinosa/AP)

<p>Grieving relatives of passengers who perished in Cuba’s worst aviation disaster arrive to the morgue, in Havana, Cuba, Saturday, May 19, 2018. (Photo: Ramon Espinosa/AP) </p>
Boeing 737 crashes after takeoff in Havana, Cuba

Grieving relatives of passengers who perished in Cuba’s worst aviation disaster arrive to the morgue, in Havana, Cuba, Saturday, May 19, 2018. (Photo: Ramon Espinosa/AP)

<p>Relatives of victims of the Boeing 737 plane that crashed after taking off from Havana’s main airport yesterday, react at a hotel in Havana, Cuba, May 19, 2018. (Photo: Alexandre Meneghini/Reuters) </p>
Boeing 737 crashes after takeoff in Havana, Cuba

Relatives of victims of the Boeing 737 plane that crashed after taking off from Havana’s main airport yesterday, react at a hotel in Havana, Cuba, May 19, 2018. (Photo: Alexandre Meneghini/Reuters)

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<p>Relatives of victims of the Boeing 737 plane that crashed after taking off from Havana’s main airport yesterday, arrive to a hotel in Havana, Cuba, May 19, 2018. (Photo: Alexandre Meneghini/Reuters) </p>
Boeing 737 crashes after takeoff in Havana, Cuba

Relatives of victims of the Boeing 737 plane that crashed after taking off from Havana’s main airport yesterday, arrive to a hotel in Havana, Cuba, May 19, 2018. (Photo: Alexandre Meneghini/Reuters)

<p>Rescue and search workers on the site where a Cuban airliner with more than 100 passengers on board plummeted into a yuca field just after takeoff from the international airport in Havana, Cuba, Friday, May 18, 2018. (Photo: Ramon Espinosa/AP) </p>
Boeing 737 crashes after takeoff in Havana, Cuba

Rescue and search workers on the site where a Cuban airliner with more than 100 passengers on board plummeted into a yuca field just after takeoff from the international airport in Havana, Cuba, Friday, May 18, 2018. (Photo: Ramon Espinosa/AP)

<p>The few surviving passengers of an airliner that crashed arrive at the Calixto Garcia General Hospital in Havana, Cuba, Friday, May 18, 2018. (Photo: Marcelino Vazquez Hernandez/ACN via AP) </p>
Boeing 737 crashes after takeoff in Havana, Cuba

The few surviving passengers of an airliner that crashed arrive at the Calixto Garcia General Hospital in Havana, Cuba, Friday, May 18, 2018. (Photo: Marcelino Vazquez Hernandez/ACN via AP)

<p>Forensic investigators and Ministry of Interior officers sift through the remains of a Boeing 737 that plummeted into a yuca field with more than 100 passengers on board, in Havana, Cuba, Friday, May 18, 2018. (Photo: Desmond Boylan/AP) </p>
Boeing 737 crashes after takeoff in Havana, Cuba

Forensic investigators and Ministry of Interior officers sift through the remains of a Boeing 737 that plummeted into a yuca field with more than 100 passengers on board, in Havana, Cuba, Friday, May 18, 2018. (Photo: Desmond Boylan/AP)

<p>The few surviving passengers of an airliner that crashed arrive at the Calixto Garcia General Hospital in Havana, Cuba, Friday, May 18, 2018. (Photo: Marcelino Vazquez Hernandez/ACN via AP) </p>
Boeing 737 crashes after takeoff in Havana, Cuba

The few surviving passengers of an airliner that crashed arrive at the Calixto Garcia General Hospital in Havana, Cuba, Friday, May 18, 2018. (Photo: Marcelino Vazquez Hernandez/ACN via AP)

<p>A rescue team member works at the wreckage of a Boeing 737 plane that crashed in the agricultural area of Boyeros, around 20 km (12 miles) south of Havana, shortly after taking off from Havana’s main airport in Cuba, May 18, 2018. (Photo: Alexandre Meneghini/Reuters) </p>
Boeing 737 crashes after takeoff in Havana, Cuba

A rescue team member works at the wreckage of a Boeing 737 plane that crashed in the agricultural area of Boyeros, around 20 km (12 miles) south of Havana, shortly after taking off from Havana’s main airport in Cuba, May 18, 2018. (Photo: Alexandre Meneghini/Reuters)

<p>Firefighters extinguish the flames that engulfed a Boeing 737 that plummeted into a yuca field with more than 100 passengers on board, in Havana, Cuba, Friday, May 18, 2018. (Photo: Enrique de la Osa/AP) </p>
Boeing 737 crashes after takeoff in Havana, Cuba

Firefighters extinguish the flames that engulfed a Boeing 737 that plummeted into a yuca field with more than 100 passengers on board, in Havana, Cuba, Friday, May 18, 2018. (Photo: Enrique de la Osa/AP)

<p>People look on near of the wreckage of a Boeing 737 plane that crashed in the agricultural area in Boyeros, around 20 km (12 miles) south of Havana, on Friday shortly after taking off from Havana’s main airport in Cuba, May 18, 2018. (Photo: Alexandre Meneghini/Reuters) </p>
Boeing 737 crashes after takeoff in Havana, Cuba

People look on near of the wreckage of a Boeing 737 plane that crashed in the agricultural area in Boyeros, around 20 km (12 miles) south of Havana, on Friday shortly after taking off from Havana’s main airport in Cuba, May 18, 2018. (Photo: Alexandre Meneghini/Reuters)

<p>Firefighters carry a body bag that contains human remains recovered at the site where a Boeing 737 plummeted into a yuca field with more than 100 passengers on board, in Havana, Cuba, Friday, May 18, 2018. (Photo: Desmond Boylan/AP) </p>
Boeing 737 crashes after takeoff in Havana, Cuba

Firefighters carry a body bag that contains human remains recovered at the site where a Boeing 737 plummeted into a yuca field with more than 100 passengers on board, in Havana, Cuba, Friday, May 18, 2018. (Photo: Desmond Boylan/AP)

<p>Firefighters work in the wreckage of a Boeing 737 plane that crashed in the agricultural area of Boyeros, around 20 km (12 miles) south of Havana, shortly after taking off from Havana’s main airport in Cuba, May 18, 2018. (Photo: Alexandre Meneghini/Reuters) </p>
Boeing 737 crashes after takeoff in Havana, Cuba

Firefighters work in the wreckage of a Boeing 737 plane that crashed in the agricultural area of Boyeros, around 20 km (12 miles) south of Havana, shortly after taking off from Havana’s main airport in Cuba, May 18, 2018. (Photo: Alexandre Meneghini/Reuters)

<p>Picture taken at the scene of the accident after a Cubana de Aviacion aircraft crashed after taking off from Havana’s Jose Marti airport on May 18, 2018. – A Cuban state airways passenger plane with 104 passengers on board crashed on shortly after taking off from Havana’s airport, state media reported. The Boeing 737 operated by Cubana de Aviacion crashed “near the international airport,” state agency Prensa Latina reported. Airport sources said the jetliner was heading from the capital to the eastern city of Holguin. (Photo: Adalberto Roque/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
Boeing 737 crashes after takeoff in Havana, Cuba

Picture taken at the scene of the accident after a Cubana de Aviacion aircraft crashed after taking off from Havana’s Jose Marti airport on May 18, 2018. – A Cuban state airways passenger plane with 104 passengers on board crashed on shortly after taking off from Havana’s airport, state media reported. The Boeing 737 operated by Cubana de Aviacion crashed “near the international airport,” state agency Prensa Latina reported. Airport sources said the jetliner was heading from the capital to the eastern city of Holguin. (Photo: Adalberto Roque/AFP/Getty Images)

<p>Emergency services arrive at the scene of the accident after a Cubana de Aviacion aircraft crashed after taking off from Havana’s Jose Marti airport on May 18, 2018. – A Cuban state airways passenger plane with 113 people on board crashed on shortly after taking off from Havana’s airport, state media reported. The Boeing 737 operated by Cubana de Aviacion crashed “near the international airport,” state agency Prensa Latina reported. Airport sources said the jetliner was heading from the capital to the eastern city of Holguin. (Photo: Yamil Lage/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
Boeing 737 crashes after takeoff in Havana, Cuba

Emergency services arrive at the scene of the accident after a Cubana de Aviacion aircraft crashed after taking off from Havana’s Jose Marti airport on May 18, 2018. – A Cuban state airways passenger plane with 113 people on board crashed on shortly after taking off from Havana’s airport, state media reported. The Boeing 737 operated by Cubana de Aviacion crashed “near the international airport,” state agency Prensa Latina reported. Airport sources said the jetliner was heading from the capital to the eastern city of Holguin. (Photo: Yamil Lage/AFP/Getty Images)

<p>Picture taken at the scene after a Cubana de Aviacion aircraft crashed after taking off from Havana’s Jose Marti airport on May 18, 2018. – A Cuban state airways passenger plane with 104 passengers on board crashed on shortly after taking off from Havana’s airport, state media reported. The Boeing 737 operated by Cubana de Aviacion crashed “near the international airport,” state agency Prensa Latina reported. Airport sources said the jetliner was heading from the capital to the eastern city of Holguin. (Photo: Adalberto Roque/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
Boeing 737 crashes after takeoff in Havana, Cuba

Picture taken at the scene after a Cubana de Aviacion aircraft crashed after taking off from Havana’s Jose Marti airport on May 18, 2018. – A Cuban state airways passenger plane with 104 passengers on board crashed on shortly after taking off from Havana’s airport, state media reported. The Boeing 737 operated by Cubana de Aviacion crashed “near the international airport,” state agency Prensa Latina reported. Airport sources said the jetliner was heading from the capital to the eastern city of Holguin. (Photo: Adalberto Roque/AFP/Getty Images)

<p>Emergency personnel at seen at the site of the accident after a Cubana de Aviacion aircraft crashed after taking off from Havana’s Jose Marti airport on May 18, 2018. – A Cuban state airways passenger plane with 113 people on board crashed on shortly after taking off from Havana’s airport, state media reported. The Boeing 737 operated by Cubana de Aviacion crashed “near the international airport,” state agency Prensa Latina reported. Airport sources said the jetliner was heading from the capital to the eastern city of Holguin. (Photo: Adalberto Roque/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
Boeing 737 crashes after takeoff in Havana, Cuba

Emergency personnel at seen at the site of the accident after a Cubana de Aviacion aircraft crashed after taking off from Havana’s Jose Marti airport on May 18, 2018. – A Cuban state airways passenger plane with 113 people on board crashed on shortly after taking off from Havana’s airport, state media reported. The Boeing 737 operated by Cubana de Aviacion crashed “near the international airport,” state agency Prensa Latina reported. Airport sources said the jetliner was heading from the capital to the eastern city of Holguin. (Photo: Adalberto Roque/AFP/Getty Images)

<p>Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel arrives at the site of the accident after a Cubana de Aviacion aircraft crashed after taking off from Havana’s Jose Marti airport on May 18, 2018. – A Cuban state airways passenger plane with 113 people on board crashed on shortly after taking off from Havana’s airport, state media reported. The Boeing 737 operated by Cubana de Aviacion crashed “near the international airport,” state agency Prensa Latina reported. Airport sources said the jetliner was heading from the capital to the eastern city of Holguin. (Photo: Yamil Lage/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
Boeing 737 crashes after takeoff in Havana, Cuba

Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel arrives at the site of the accident after a Cubana de Aviacion aircraft crashed after taking off from Havana’s Jose Marti airport on May 18, 2018. – A Cuban state airways passenger plane with 113 people on board crashed on shortly after taking off from Havana’s airport, state media reported. The Boeing 737 operated by Cubana de Aviacion crashed “near the international airport,” state agency Prensa Latina reported. Airport sources said the jetliner was heading from the capital to the eastern city of Holguin. (Photo: Yamil Lage/AFP/Getty Images)

<p>Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel (C) is pictured at the site of the accident after a Cubana de Aviacion aircraft crashed after taking off from Havana’s Jose Marti airport on May 18, 2018. – A Cuban state airways passenger plane with 113 people on board crashed on shortly after taking off from Havana’s airport, state media reported. The Boeing 737 operated by Cubana de Aviacion crashed “near the international airport,” state agency Prensa Latina reported. Airport sources said the jetliner was heading from the capital to the eastern city of Holguin. (Photo: Adalberto Roque/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
Boeing 737 crashes after takeoff in Havana, Cuba

Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel (C) is pictured at the site of the accident after a Cubana de Aviacion aircraft crashed after taking off from Havana’s Jose Marti airport on May 18, 2018. – A Cuban state airways passenger plane with 113 people on board crashed on shortly after taking off from Havana’s airport, state media reported. The Boeing 737 operated by Cubana de Aviacion crashed “near the international airport,” state agency Prensa Latina reported. Airport sources said the jetliner was heading from the capital to the eastern city of Holguin. (Photo: Adalberto Roque/AFP/Getty Images)

<p>Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel (L) arrives at the site of the accident after a Cubana de Aviacion aircraft crashed after taking off from Havana’s Jose Marti airport on May 18, 2018. – A Cuban state airways passenger plane with 113 people on board crashed on shortly after taking off from Havana’s airport, state media reported. The Boeing 737 operated by Cubana de Aviacion crashed “near the international airport,” state agency Prensa Latina reported. Airport sources said the jetliner was heading from the capital to the eastern city of Holguin. (Photo: Yamil Lage/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
Boeing 737 crashes after takeoff in Havana, Cuba

Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel (L) arrives at the site of the accident after a Cubana de Aviacion aircraft crashed after taking off from Havana’s Jose Marti airport on May 18, 2018. – A Cuban state airways passenger plane with 113 people on board crashed on shortly after taking off from Havana’s airport, state media reported. The Boeing 737 operated by Cubana de Aviacion crashed “near the international airport,” state agency Prensa Latina reported. Airport sources said the jetliner was heading from the capital to the eastern city of Holguin. (Photo: Yamil Lage/AFP/Getty Images)

<p>Picture taken at the scene of the accident after a Cubana de Aviacion aircraft crashed after taking off from Havana’s Jose Marti airport on May 18, 2018. – A Cuban state airways passenger plane with 104 passengers on board crashed on shortly after taking off from Havana’s airport, state media reported. The Boeing 737 operated by Cubana de Aviacion crashed “near the international airport,” state agency Prensa Latina reported. Airport sources said the jetliner was heading from the capital to the eastern city of Holguin. (Photo: Adalberto Roque/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
Boeing 737 crashes after takeoff in Havana, Cuba

Picture taken at the scene of the accident after a Cubana de Aviacion aircraft crashed after taking off from Havana’s Jose Marti airport on May 18, 2018. – A Cuban state airways passenger plane with 104 passengers on board crashed on shortly after taking off from Havana’s airport, state media reported. The Boeing 737 operated by Cubana de Aviacion crashed “near the international airport,” state agency Prensa Latina reported. Airport sources said the jetliner was heading from the capital to the eastern city of Holguin. (Photo: Adalberto Roque/AFP/Getty Images)

<p>People watch as smoke rises from the site where a plane crashed shortly after taking off from Havana, Cuba, May 18, 2018, in this photo in obtained from social media. (Photo: Scott Paton/via Reuters) </p>
Boeing 737 crashes after takeoff in Havana, Cuba

People watch as smoke rises from the site where a plane crashed shortly after taking off from Havana, Cuba, May 18, 2018, in this photo in obtained from social media. (Photo: Scott Paton/via Reuters)

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