Five people were killed after a small plane, Piper PA-32-260, crashed into a sea shortly after taking off from a Honduras airport on Saturday, May 18, authorities have confirmed.
There were four Americans among the dead. The crash occurred off Roatán island, which is a tourist destination on Honduras' Atlantic coast.
The plane was headed to the tourist port city of Trujillo, which is about 49 miles from Roatán. Roatan is an island where tourists from USA, Canada and Europe come to visit.
A spokesperson for the State Department confirmed to media that four among the dead were Americans, saying that the U.S. Embassy in Tegucigalpa is "providing all appropriate consular assistance."
The spokesperson said,
We express our condolences to all those affected by this tragedy. We extend our sincere condolences to the family and friends of the deceased.
According to Global Affairs Canada, the fifth person killed in the crash was a Canadian citizen.
A spokesperson for the Global Affairs Canada told CTV,
Our thoughts are with the family and friends of the Canadian Citizen who died in a tragic plane crash in Roatán Islands, Honduras. Canadian consular officials in Tegucigalpa, Honduras are in contact with local authorities and are providing consular assistance to the family of the victim.
When firefighters responded to the crash site, they found four people dead. Another person passed away hours later after being taken to a nearby hospital.
Honduras authorities are trying to find what caused the crash.
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