Mexico: 13 people believed to be on board a private jet were feared dead after its wreckage was found in northern Mexico on Monday, stated a report. The Las Vegas jet was en route to Monterrey when it disappeared.
The Bombardier Challenger 601 jet lost contact with the air-traffic controllers on Sunday evening after it lost altitude over northern Mexico’s Coahuila.
“On an overflight of the area, (officials) sighted the remains of the aircraft in a mountainous, difficult-to-access area in the municipality of Ocampo, Coahuila,” said the state public security ministry adding that “No survivors were observed.”
The wreckage of the private jet that was shown on Mexican TV included the wings, tail and the fuselage.
Initially, the state aviation official announced that 11 passengers were on the plane. Soon the ministry corrected the figure to 10 passengers and three crew including the pilot, the copilot and a flight attendant.
Authorities reportedly stated that the charter jet was flying a group of passengers who were returning from the middleweight title fight in Las Vegas. As per Mexican media reports, the state boxer Saul “Canelo” Alvarez had won the title by fighting against US fighter Daniel Jacobs.
The reports added that the flight was on its way to the wealthy industrial city of Monterrey, in Nuevo Leon state, which borders Coahuila. The time duration of the travel from Las Vegas in Nevada to Monterrey was three hours. While the real reason behind the plane crash is yet to be discovered, authorities believe that the plane crash would have happened due to bad weather. Francisco Martinez, Coahuila’s deputy public safety minister, was quoted by TV network Milenio. “There has been a lot of atmospheric activity and instability recently. Over the past four days, we’ve had rainstorms, hail and winds with gusts of more than 60 kilometers (37 miles) per hour,”
(With agency inputs)