All six people aboard a private plane, including two American missionaries, were killed when the plane crashed in Haiti, southwest of the capital Port-au-Prince, according to media reports and a missionary group.
The plane went down on Friday night en route from a Port-au-Prince airport to the southern coastal city of Jacmel, usually a short flight, the Miami Herald reported, citing a statement from the National Civil Aviation Office ( NCAO). Reuters could not independently confirm the report.
The cause of the accident was not immediately known.
A representative of the Haitian government and the US embassy did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The US-based organization Gospel to Haiti posted an announcement on its Facebook page that two of its group members, US citizens Trent Hostelter, 35, and John Miller, 43, were killed in the accident.
Authorities did not immediately release the identities of the other four passengers.
Hostelter’s wife and their three children had taken a previous flight in a small plane. Because there was not enough room on the flight, he stayed with Miller to catch the next plane, the group said.
“When the second plane didn’t show up, they were very concerned and soon found out that the plane had crashed somewhere near Leogane. A search team was formed and dispatched and they located the plane early this morning and confirmed that all 6 people were killed, ”the group’s Facebook post said.
Gospel to Haiti said the group had decided to take a small private plane due to “riots” in Port-au-Prince, where violence has soared in recent weeks as rival groups fight each other or with police for control. from the streets. displacing thousands and exacerbating the country’s humanitarian crisis.