HAVANA - EMERGENCY rescue teams have located the 'first bodies' of victims of a Cuban airliner which crashed in central Cuba with 68 people aboard including 28 foreigners, official website Cubadebate reported on Friday.

'Rescue teams in Sancti Spiritus province located the first bodies overnight,' several hours after a plane operated by state carrier Aerocaribbean crashed Thursday during a flight from the eastern city of Santiago Cuba to Havana, the website reported, citing regional daily Escambray.

Among the passengers were nationals from 10 foreign countries, including nine people from Argentina, seven from Mexico, three from the Netherlands, and two each from Germany and Austria, state television reported.

The passengers also included one each from France, Italy, Spain, Venezuela and Japan. Cuban television said the plane was an ATR-72-212 twin turboprop aircraft that belonged to Cuba's state-owned Aero Caribbean airlines.

The plane was said to have left Santiago Cuba in eastern Cuba en route to Havana and gone down at 5.42pm EDT (0942 GMT, 5.42am Singapore time) near the town of Guasimal in Sancti Spiritus province after calling out an emergency to air traffic controllers.

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