(AhlulBayt News Agency) - Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi offered his condolences to Cuba over a recent military plane crash that killed eight people on board.
In a statement on Sunday, Qassemi expressed sympathy with the Cuban government and nation, as well as the families of the victims.
A Cuban military plane crashed into a hillside on Saturday morning in the western province of Artemisa, killing eight troops on board, the government said.
In a written statement, the ministry of the revolutionary armed forces said the Soviet-made, twin-engined turboprop Antonov AN-26 took off from the Playa Baracoa airport outside Havana at 6:38 am and crashed into a hillside outside the town of Candelaria about 40 miles away, AP reported.
“The eight military personnel on board, including the crew, died,” the statement published by state-run media said. “A commission … is investigating the causes of the accident.”