Five foreign tourists killed in plane crash in Honduras

Honduras Five killed after private aircraft crashes into sea

The plane crashed near Dixon Cove a town in Honduras rescuers said. | AFP

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.

The U.S. State Department also confirmed the deaths of four American citizens.

It occurred as the tourists were headed toward the city of Trujillo, about 77 kilometers (48 miles) from Roatan.

"We express our condolences to all those affected by this tragedy", a State Department spokesperson told ABC News.

Stefano Maron said consular officials in the capital, Tegucigalpa, were in contact with local authorities and providing assistance to the victim's family.

A view shows wreckage of a plane that crashed into the sea near the island of Roatan, Honduras, May 18, 2019, in this picture obtained from social media.

The identities of the US victims weren't immediately released, but the family of Patrick Forseth confirmed he was the Canadian victim, the CBC reported.

The Honduran Military said that rescue boats with police divers and firemen recovered the body within minutes of the crash.

Officials said that firefighters responded quickly to the crash site, where four of the plane's occupants were found dead. Another died hours later after being taken to a hospital, according to CTV News.

The causes of the crash and the registration information for the aircraft were not immediately available.

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