TACA Airplane crashes in Tegucigalpa

Tegucigalpa, May 30.- An airplane from TACA Airlines arriving from El Salvador crashed when landing at the Tegucigalpa airport.

At least four people died today, among them, the president of the Central American Bank for Economic Integration (BCIE), Harry Brautigam, the pilot and copilot of the aircraft and over 60 people where injured according to official information.

The death of Brautigam of Nicaragua nationality was confirmed by sources from the Hospital Escuela and BCIE in Tegucigalpa.

The pilot was identified as Cesar D’Antonio and the copilot, Juan Artero. The fourth victim has not yet been identified.

The commandant from the FIRE Department, Carlos Cordero said to the press that only four deaths have been confirmed so far.

At least 60 passengers where injured and taken to the Military Hospital, Hospital Escuela, Instituto Hondureño de Seguridad Social (IHSS) and the Honduran Medical Center.

The majority of the injured are out of danger, but some of them are critical conditions, according to medical sources.

The president of Honduras, Manuel Zelaya, expressed his grief for the victims of this accident announced that he will order for big airplanes to no longer land at the Toncontin international airport in Tegucigalpa but will have them land at the Palmerola air force base that was built by the united states over 80 kilometers north of Tegucigalpa.

Until now Taca airlines has not released an official list of the passengers aboard the aircraft but informed the press that 142 was the number of passengers and five crew members.

The aircraft rode off the Toncontin airport track after landing on their way from El Salvador right before 10:00 a.m. local time and landed on a highly traveled street where it destroyed two automobiles. One of them was a taxi cab and the other was a pick up truck.

The rescue team avoided the aircraft to match fire and evacuated all the passengers.

No reports on the possible causes of this accident have been given by TACA or Aeronautica Civil of Honduras.

A TACA representative said the pilot made a first attempt to land the aircraft but couldn’t and tried a second time and this is when the accident occurred.

One of the passenger said it was a difficult landing because of the cloudiness that prevails in the Honduran capital after the passage of the tropical storm “Alma”.

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