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Cuban plane crashes with 68 on board

A Cuban passenger plane flying from the eastern city of Santiago de Cuba to Havana has crashed with 68 people aboard - including 28 foreigners, Cuban media reported.

There is no immediate word whether there are survivors from the crash.

State TV said the AeroCaribbean flight went down near the village of Guasimal, carrying 61 passengers and a crew of seven.

The report said 28 of the passengers were foreigners, but there is no breakdown of nationalities.

At Havana's national terminal, relatives of those on board the plane were kept away from other passengers and journalists.

The newscast gave no details on what happened, saying only that the cause of the crash was being investigated.

The flight would have been one of the last leaving Santiago de Cuba for Havana ahead of Tropical Storm Tomas, which was on a track to pass between Cuba's eastern end and the western coast of Haiti.

Cuban media said earlier that flights and train services to Santiago were being suspended until the storm passed.

AeroCaribbean is owned by Cuban state airline Cubana de Aviacion.

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