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Plane Crashes in Mexico, Killing German Tourist

July 18, 1996

MEXICO CITY (AP) _ A turboprop plane with 16 German tourists and two crewmembers crashed Wednesday on the Yucatan Peninsula, killing one passenger.

The other 17 people aboard, including the pilot and co-pilot, were injured, Amilcar Galaviz, the Red Cross operations director in Cancun, said in a telephone interview.

Rene Gordillo, an aviation administration inspector at Cancun Airport, said the AeroCaribe plane went down at around 4:30 p.m. in a jungle area as it tried to land at a small airfield in Playa del Carmen, a beach resort some 40 miles southwest of Cancun.

The injured were taken to two hospitals. Two of the passengers were in serious condition, while the pilot and co-pilot were in stable condition, Galaviz said.

The cause of the crash was not immediately clear.

The Canadian-made Twin Otter turboprop aircraft had been flying a local route between the Caribbean resorts of Cancun, Playa del Carmen and the nearby island of Cozumel.

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