Sunday, August 30, 1998 Published at 01:11 GMT 02:11 UK
Dozens dead in Ecuador crash
The plane ploughed into a soccer pitch
The plane reportedly crashed seconds after attempting to take off.
It hit a car repair workshop in a street at the end of the runway before ploughing into an adjacent soccer pitch.
Several people who were on the ground when the plane hit were also killed. They included a number of children who had been playing soccer.
The Red Cross said the badly burned bodies of 77 people had been recovered from the wreckage
The majority of the passengers were Ecuadorians, but the remainder included Cubans, Chileans, Spaniards, Italians and one Argentine.
The tragedy was compounded for Ecuador by the news that a further 30 people were killed in an unrelated incident when a bus crashed into a ravine. It was said to be packed with people heading for a party in the town of Papallacta.
'I don't know how I survived'
Witnesses of the plane crash said it burst into a ball of fire, creating a huge plume of smoke at the site.
Hospital officials said 26 people injured in the crash were being treated, but it was not immediately clear if they had been aboard the plane or on the ground.
One Cuban survivor, Hernan Boada, said the plane struggled to gain altitude, rising only a few metres before ploughing into a wall near the end of the runway.
"It felt like the plane was rising and suddenly it crashed into a wall and burst into flames," he told a television interviewer from an ambulance.
"I don't know how I survived," he said.
The plane - a Russian Tupolev - was on its way to the Cuban capital Havana via the Ecuadorian port city of Guayaquil.
It was reported to have been delayed taking off because of technical problems.
Airport location questioned
All flights at the airport were suspended following the crash and the area was cordoned off for investigators and rescue crews.
The Director of Ecuador's Civil Aviation Department, Oswaldo Dominguez, said Cuba was sending a team of technicians to assist with the investigation.
Mr Mahuad has said he will speed up moves to build a new airport away from the city. The present site had been criticised for being too close to a densely populated area.
The accident was in the same area where 14 years ago, a cargo plane crashed and set homes on fire.