Private jet from Texas crashes in Honduras, and everyone on board survives

Jorge Cabrera  Reuters

Jorge Cabrera Reuters

Firefighters arrived at Toncontin airport in Tegucigalpa and used foam to extinguish flames coming from the wreckage.

The Honduran Aviation Agency said that the incident took place at 11:15 am [5:15 pm GMT] on Tuesday as the plane was departing from Tegucigalpa.

The plane, a Gulfstream G200 Galaxy N813WM jet, is said to have crashed at the end of a two-kilometer runway at Toncontin International Airport, known as one of the world's most risky airports due to its short runway and a tricky approach. Part of the plane appeared in photos to lie across a street.

The plane is registered as TVPX Aircraft Solutions Inc.in North Salt Lake, according to U.S. Federal Aviation Administration records, the Washington Post reported. A person who answered the phone at TVPX and identified himself as Mike said he had no information to share and hung up.

Honduran citizens pull survivors from the wreckage of a private jet that crashed in Honduras after leaving Texas. It did not provide the number of those aboard, but said all were alive.

Jorge Cabrera  Reuters
Jorge Cabrera Reuters

Six people were injured in the crash, police spokesman Mario Rivera said, as cited by ABC. The discrepancy was not immediately clarified. All the injured are in stable condition. Operations resumed at 3:15 p.m.

Mr Cordero added the commercial aircraft from Austin, Texas slipped from the Toncontín airport runway during landing and fell into a small abyss where it split in two over a highway.

The plane, which was 40 years old at the time of the crash, was carrying 105 passengers, including five children, plus six crew members.

Authorities asked drivers to avoid the area and said about 50,000 people in the surrounding neighbourhood lost power because the plane took down power lines.

Tegucigalpa's airport is notoriously known as one of the more hard approaches for pilots, surrounded by mountaintops and residential neighbourhoods.

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