The incident resulted in the death of a 62-year-old man who was on the beach at the time, according to a press release from the state government. His wife, who was with him, was unharmed, according to officials, who did not disclose the couple’s nationality.
Four Canadians — ages 60, 41, 35 and 59 — and one 40-year-old Mexican man were inside the skydiving plane when it experienced the “forced landing,” the press release said, when translated from Spanish to English.
Authorities said all five of the passengers were stable and undergoing medical treatment. The names of the victims were not disclosed, nor were the hometowns of the injured Canadians.
Video of the aftermath posted to social media by news agency Puerto Global shows where the plane landed, in close proximity to the ocean and a wood structure where people are huddled. The aircraft can be seen sitting upright, with a logo on its side reading “Skydive Puerto Escondido.”
Several people can also be seen walking around the beach in the video as authorities fence off the area.
CBS News also reported that videos on social media showed beachgoers carrying at least one person from the aircraft over the sand.
Personnel from a slew of agencies responded to the scene to tend to the victims and close the beach to the public.
Gov. Salomon Jara posted to X shortly after the crash to announce these crews had been mobilized, and to express his condolences to the family of the deceased victim.
“To the family of the person who died, we will provide all the necessary support and accompaniment in the face of their irreparable loss,” he said in the post, when translated from Spanish to English.
The remote area is popular among surfers, and features an expanse of pristine beaches as well as restaurants and bars.
The town has long been revered as a hidden gem visited mainly by vacationing Mexicans, but the area is becoming increasingly popular as a tourist destination for North Americas and Europeans, the outlet reported.
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