Plane Crashes in Mexico, Killing German Tourist
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.