A plane carrying four Canadian paratroopers crashed on a beach in southern Mexico on Sunday, killing a man who was on the beach with his wife, authorities said. There was no immediate information on why the plane went down, but it appeared to have made an emergency landing and was largely intact, officials said.
However, it fell in a relatively populated area of the beach in the Pacific coast town of Puerto Escondido and landed almost on top of the victim, whose nationality was not revealed.
The four Canadians and one Mexican aboard the small plane were removed from the plane and taken for treatment. The Oaxaca state civil defense office said the injured – aged 60, 59, 41 and 35 – were in “stable” condition.
There was no immediate information on the names or hometowns of the Canadians.
The office said the deceased’s wife was nearby but was unharmed.
Puerto Global, which released a video of the aftermath of the crash, reported that the victim was taking photos with his wife when the plane crashed.
The video posted by Puerto Global shows the side of the plane marked “Skydive Puerto Escondido.” The Skydive Puerto Escondido website advertises jumps from 13,000 feet above sea level.
The accident occurred just feet from the water and even closer to a wooden beach structure of the type frequently used in Puerto Escondido for restaurants.
Video of the aftermath posted on social media showed beachgoers carrying at least one person from the plane onto the sand.
The state governor, Salomon Jara said in a social network that resources were being mobilized to help the injured passengers of the plane.
“To the family of the deceased, we will provide all the necessary support and accompany them in the face of their irreparable loss,” he said.
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