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PHOTO/TWITTER/Matt Blakeley/@blakeley1990

Cuba’s state-run television reports that a Boeing 737 Cubana de Aviacion flight crashed as it took off from Havana’s Jose Marti airport.

An airport source confirmed the flight was heading to Guyana, adding that there are casualties. It is unclear how many passengers were on board and/or if there are fatalities.

A huge fireball was spotted after a Cubana airliner crashed during takeoff at Havana’s Jose Marti airport on Friday.

Reports also indicate that there is a thick plume of smoke visible around the airport.

Reports also coming from a source in the airport of firefighters trying to get the fire under control and a heavy police presence on the scene at the airport.

An aging fleet: In the last few weeks that Cubana de Avicion, Cuba’s national carrier, had to ground a number of their aging fleet because they said there were safety issues, though the cause of this crash is not known.

The Twitter user’s caption about the incident involving an American Airlines flight has since been proven to be incorrect.