A plane crashed into the sea after it took off from Honduras, killing at least five tourists on May 18, said officials.
The crash took place off Roatán island, a tourist hotspot off the Atlantic coast of Honduras, Fox News reported.
The Piper PA-32-260 plane was going to the city of Trujillo, which is about 50 miles from Roatán. Many tourists from Canada, Europe, and the United States frequent the island.
— Reuters Top News (@Reuters) May 19, 2019
A State Department representative confirmed to Fox that four Americans died.
The U.S. Embassy in Tegucigalpa is currently “providing all appropriate consular assistance,” according to the report.
— National Post (@nationalpost) May 19, 2019
Meanwhile, Global Affairs Canada told CTV News that a Canadian citizen died.
“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,” a Global Affairs Canada representative said.
Five foreigners including the pilot, died on Saturday when their private plane crashed into the sea shortly after taking off from Roatán island, a tourist destination on the Atlantic coast of Honduras. #NTVatOne pic.twitter.com/ZBQNTGgPEC
— NTV Kenya (@ntvkenya) May 19, 2019
New Video Shows Aeroflot Fire
New video footage shows the moment a stricken Aeroflot passenger plane bounced on a Moscow runway before it burst into flames, killing 41 people.
The Aeroflot plane can be seen bouncing down the runway on May 5. According to reports, the pilots were not able to land without the assistance of autopilot after the plane was struck by lightning.
New video has captured Aeroflot Flight #SU1492 bouncing on landing at Sheremetyevo Airport causing the undercarriage to collapse and a fire to erupt. 41 of the 78 occupants died on the May 5 accident as they were unable to evacuate in time. https://t.co/KxW48oRaDL pic.twitter.com/AqsphrDkDu
— Breaking Aviation News (@breakingavnews) May 14, 2019
Members of the crew confirmed the plane was hit by lightning before they lost radio communications.
“There was a bright flash and a bang,” pilot Denis Evdokimov is quoted by the Independent as saying. “The fire began after landing, I understand, because of the landing.”
— Breaking Aviation News (@breakingavnews) May 5, 2019
An investigation revealed that there may have been an “over-dependence on autopilot” as well as “pilot error” that contributed to the cause of the accident.