Another survivor of last week's tragic plane crash dies in Havana; second black box found

Emiley Sanchez La O passed away on May 25.

Havana, May 25 (RHC)-- Emiley Sanchez La O, one of the survivors of last week's deadly plane crash at Havana's Jose Marti International Airport, passed away in the early hours of Friday.  She was 40 years old.

A note from Public Health Ministry stated that at the time of her death, Sanchez was reported in extreme critical condition with an unfavorable prognosis resulting from the risk of complications from the severity of burns she had on more than 40 percent of her body.

This leaves one sole survivor of the tragedy, 19-year-old Mailen Diaz Almaguer, who is reported in critical condition with probability of complications. The death toll from the tragedy stands now at 112.

Meanwhile, the president of the island´s Civil Aeronautics Institute, Armando Daniel Lopez, told local media that experts have located the second black box from the plane.  The Boeing 737’s flight data recorder was identified Thursday by its numbering, and discovered following a search aided by video footage and sworn statements from local residents.

The first black box from the flight, which crashed shortly after taking off from Havana’s Jose Marti airport with 113 people on board on Friday, May 18, was found last weekend.

According to Lopez, investigations into the cause of the crash will take months due to the strict international protocols that must be followed.

The 39-year-old plane, leased from Global Air, a Mexican company, was on a domestic flight to the eastern city of Holguin, where most of the passengers were from.  Built in 1979, according to the Mexican government, it last passed inspection in November 2017.


Edited by Jorge Ruiz Miyares


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