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Honduran leader survives plane crash

Honduran President Ricardo Maduro received minor injuries when his small plane went down in the Caribbean Sea on Sunday.

Honduran President Ricardo Maduro received minor injuries when his small plane went down in the Caribbean Sea on Sunday, said his spokesperson.

Maduro, his daughter, a pilot and a friend all escaped serious injury after the single-engine Cessna landed in the sea about 140 metres from shore.

The plane's engine failed while it was preparing to land, said presidential spokesman Jorge Barrios.

Locals and beachgoers in the coastal city of Tela swam out to the plane with life rings and helped the passengers out of the plane.

In a television address after the landing, the 59-year-old Maduro said, "There were some difficult moments, but God was looking out for us and we are all well."

The president had been on his way to a meeting with Tela's mayor about a government development project.

Popular with tourists, Tela is about 250 kilometres north of the capital, Tegucigalpa.