PORT-AU-PRINCE (Reuters) – A small plane crashed on a busy street in the Haitian capital, Port-au-Prince on Wednesday, Prime Minister Ariel Henry said, adding that the incident left people dead and injuried people.
“I offer my sympathies to the families of the victims, who have just been plunged into the greatest desolation by this new tragedy,” wrote Henry on Twitter, without specifying the number of dead or injured.
The plane took off from Port-au-Prince at 3:44 p.m. ET (1944 GMT) en route to the Haitian town of Jacmel, Haiti’s civil aviation authority told Reuters, adding that it had received a distress alert at 4:04 p.m. plane crashed in the town of Carrefour.
Haitian newspaper Le Nouvelliste reported that six people were killed.
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Haiti’s Civil Protection did not immediately respond to a request for clarification.
Videos circulating on WhatsApp showed the twisting wreckage of a plane in the middle of a road as well as what appeared to the bodies of the crash victims. Reuters was unable to independently verify the origin of the videos.
(Reporting by Ralph Tedy Erol in Port-au-Prince and Gessika Thomas in Istanbul, Writing by Brian Ellsworth in Nassau; Editing by Diane Craft)
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