Canadian pilot among 5 killed in private plane crash in Honduras
A British Columbia woman says her pilot brother was killed in a plane crash in Honduras on Saturday.
In a phone interview with The Canadian Press on Sunday, Jenna Forseth confirmed her brother Patrick Forseth was killed in the crash in the Roatan area, a popular island destination for tourists to the Central American country.
Sources also tell Global News Patrick Forseth had lived in Honduras since 2010 and owned a restaurant in Trujillo, a port city on Honduras’s northern coast.
His parents are also owners of a resort in the area.
Earlier on Sunday, Global Affairs Canada confirmed a Canadian citizen had died in the crash, but did not identify them due to privacy concerns.
Stefano Maron said consular officials in the capital, Tegucigalpa, were in contact with local authorities and providing assistance to the victim’s family.
The Associated Press reports that the other victims of the crash were the plane’s four American passengers, citing an Armed Forces spokesman.
The Piper Cherokee Six plummeted into the Atlantic shortly after takeoff from Roatan en route to Trujillo.
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Jenna Forseth said her brother was “well-loved” in the area, saying “the whole town is in mourning.”
Maron added that Global Affairs’s thoughts are with the Canadian citizen’s friends and family.
The Honduran military said in a statement that rescue boats with police divers and firemen recovered four bodies within minutes of the crash, and transported another to a hospital, where he died shortly after of internal injuries.
The U.S. State Department also confirmed the deaths of four American citizens.
–with files from Global’s Sean Boynton, Adam Burns in Toronto and The Associated Press
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