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5 foreign tourists killed in private plane crash in Honduras

Five foreigners including the pilot died on Saturday when their private plane crashed into the sea shortly after taking off from Roatan island, a tourist destination on the Atlantic coast of Honduras, local authorities said.

Local officials gave conflicting accounts on nationalities of the victims

A view shows wreckage of a plane that crashed into the sea near the island of Roatán, Honduras, on May 18, 2019. (Honduras Fire Department via Reuters)

Five foreigners including the pilot died on Saturday when their private plane crashed into the sea shortly after taking off from Roatan island, a tourist destination on the Atlantic coast of Honduras, local authorities said.

Officials gave conflicting accounts of the victims' nationalities. Armed forces spokesman Jose Domingo Meza said four of the victims were from the United States and the fifth victim's nationality had yet to be determined.

Local emergency services initially said the victims included four Canadians and another victim of unknown nationality. La Prensa, a local newspaper, reported that four Canadian passengers and the plane's American pilot were killed.

Local authorities did not immediately offer a cause for the accident.

Honduran officials gave conflicting accounts on the nationalities of the five dead. (Honduras Fire Department via Reuters)

The Piper PA-32-260 plane was headed to the tourist port city of Trujillo, about 80 kilometres from Roatan, a picturesque island frequented by tourists from the United States, Canada and Europe, authorities said.

Global Affairs Canada could not immediately confirm whether Canadians were killed in the crash. 

(CBC)

With files from CBC News