Plane crashes near Haitian airport; three dead

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Associated Press

Posted on September 20, 2011 at 7:45 PM

Updated Tuesday, Sep 20 at 9:16 PM

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PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Three people died when a twin-engine turboprop aircraft used by a domestic Haitian airline crashed while trying to land during heavy rain in northern Haiti on Tuesday, authorities said.

Police and the airline Salsa d'Haiti said the plane's two pilots and its only passenger were found dead in the wreckage in a rural area outside the northern coastal city of Cap-Haitien.

Cap-Haitien Mayor Michel St. Croix told The Associated Press that the dead were two men and one woman.

An employee for the airline told the AP that one of the male pilots was from the neighboring Dominican Republic and the other from Mexico. The female passenger was from Vietnam, he said. The employee said he couldn't give his name because he wasn't authorized to speak to the press.

Frantz Lerebours, spokesman for the Haitian National Police, also reported three killed.

Earlier, local police officer Ernst Silenceuse told the AP that the plane was a Beechcraft 99. That model can carry two pilots and 15 passengers.

Silenceuse said the plane went down outside Cap-Haitien while trying to land in rain. He said it was the last flight of the day to Cap-Haitien from Haiti's capital, Port-au-Prince.

Haiti's Civil Protection Office initially announced the accident on Twitter.

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