Plane Crashes Into Sea Near Honduras, 5 Tourists Killed

May 19, 2019 Updated: May 19, 2019

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.”

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.

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A Sukhoi passenger plane is engulfed in flames after it made an emergency landing due to an onboard fire at Sheremetyevo International Airport, outside Moscow, Russia on May 5, 2019. (Mikhail Norenko via Reuters)