By Kristina Pydynowski, AccuWeather senior meteorologist
April 30,2017, 7:14:10AM,EDT
At least eight people are dead after a Cuban military plane crashed in western Cuba on Saturday morning.
The plane crashed in the western province of Artemisa, according to the Associated Press.
The AN-26 departed Playa Baracoa airport, located outside Havana, at 6:38 a.m. EDT and crashed into a hillside about 65 kilometers (40 miles) to the southwest, outside the town of Candelaria.
Satellite data indicates scattered cloud cover over western Cuba during the early morning of Saturday, but no lightning was detected in the area around the time of the crash.
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Preliminary weather observations from Havana's José Martí International Airport indicates east-southeasterly winds of around 7 mph shortly before 7 a.m. EDT Saturday.
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