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Four Killed in Mexican Plane Crash

July 10, 1999

TOLUCA, Mexico (AP) _ A business jet carrying courier service packages clipped a fence 1,000 feet from a runway at Toluca’s international airport early Friday and crashed in flames, killing all four people aboard, aviation officials said.

Two crew members as well as two teen-age boys coming to Toluca for vacation were on the plane, according to police.

Civil Aviation Inspector Adan Martinez Reyes said the twin-jet Hawker Siddley 125 was approaching the runway at 4:40 a.m. when it hit the 6-foot-high fence. He said the bulk of the plane crashed 500 feet closer to the runway.

It was not immediately clear why the plane was flying so low. Martinez said there was fog at the time.

The airport, which handles most of the cargo flights for the Mexico City area, has modern navigation equipment.

Operated for the DHL package service, the plane had taken off from Los Mochis, 750 miles northwest of Mexico City.