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Plane Carrying German Tourists Crashes in Yucatan Peninsula

July 18, 1996

MEXICO CITY (AP) _ A turboprop plane carrying German tourists crashed near a beach resort on the Yucatan Peninsula, killing one person and injuring the other 16 on board, the Red Cross said.

The plane crashed Wednesday afternoon about 60 feet short of the runway at the small airport at Playa del Carmen, said Rene Gordillo, an aviation administration inspector at Cancun Airport.

The Canadian-made Twin Otter turboprop aircraft, belonging to AeroCaribe airline, flies between the Caribbean resorts of Cancun, Playa del Carmen and the nearby island of Cozumel.

The plane crashed in jungle near the airport, said Amilcar Galaviz, the Red Cross operations director in Cancun. He said all the passengers were German tourists; one was killed and the rest were injured, as were the pilot and co-pilot.

``Those on board had all sorts of injuries. Some had suffered blows to the head, others were hit in the spinal column, and injuries to the pelvis, fractured legs, and lacerations of all sorts,″ Galaviz said. Two of the passengers were in serious condition, he said.

``Both (the pilot) and the copilot had head injuries, and the copilot probably some broken leg bones. But they are in stable condition.″

Galaviz said the pilot told him ``there was a breakdown (in) a rudder cable, or a cable broke.″

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