Mexican Army Plane Crash Kills 3 Soldiers
TOLUCA, Mexico (AP) _ An army plane on a routine transportation mission crashed in the mountains of central Mexico on Tuesday, killing three soldiers and gravely wounded a forth, authorities said.
The single-engine Cesna took off from a military airfield in Morelos state and was carrying a group of soldiers to Mexico City when it suddenly lost control and crashed near the mountain town of Huesayo, said Aquiles Alvarado, a spokesman for police in Mexico state, which borders the Mexican capital.
Alvarado said officials were not sure if engine trouble contributed to the crash, but added that investigators believe the plane was flying low enough that it could have struck a communications tower or mountain peak.
Capt. Patricio Alejandro Hernandez and two identified soldiers were killed. Lt. Ramon Renaldo Castro was gravely wounded and was airlifted to a nearby hospital, Alvarado said.
Military rescue teams were originally searching for a fifth soldier believed to have been onboard the plane when it went down around 3 p.m. They later announced that only four people were been onboard.