Three killed in Haiti plane crash

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

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PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti, CMC – At least three people, including a woman, were killed when a small, twin-engine turboprop aircraft crashed in a sugar cane field outside the northern coastal city of Cap-Haitien, police said.

They said the bodies of the two pilots and the lone passenger had been recovered following the crash yesterday.

The officials said the one of the pilots was from the neighbouring Dominican Republic and the other from Mexico. The plane was being used for domestic flights between the capital and Cap Hatien by a company formed in 2008.

Spokesman for the Haitian National Police, Frantz Lerebours, confirmed the plane crash and the number of people killed.  He said no other passengers were on board the plane, a Beechcraft 99 that normally carries two pilots and 15 passengers.

The authorities said that the plane went down outside Cap-Haitien while trying to land in rain. It was the last flight of the day to Cap-Haitien from Haiti’s capital, Port-au-Prince.

Haiti’s Civil Protection Office initially announced the accident on Twitter.

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