The plane reportedly went down near a mountainous area near the village of Guasimal in Santi Spiritus province. The plane was carrying 61 passengers and seven crew.
Cuba's Civil Aviation Authority issued a list of passengers that included nine Argentines, seven Mexicans, three Dutch citizens, two Germans, two Austrians, a French citizen, an Italian, a Spaniard, a Venezuelan and a Japanese. The seven member crew were all Cuban, as were 33 passengers.
The flight was a regularly scheduled running twice a week from Port-au-Prince, Haiti, to Santiago de Cuba to Havana. According to information issued by state media, the aircraft was an ATR-72 twin turboprop.