Plane crashes into busy street in Haitian capital

A small plane crashed into a busy street in the Haitian capital Port-au-Prince on Wednesday, Prime Minister Ariel Henry said, adding that the incident had caused both deaths and injuries.

“My condolences to the families of the victims, who have just been plunged into the utmost desolation by this new tragedy,” Henry wrote on Twitter, without specifying the number of dead or injured.

The plane took off from Port-au-Prince at 3:44 PM ET (19:44 GMT) bound for the Haitian city of Jacmel, the Haitian Civil Aviation Authority told Reuters, adding that it received an emergency alert at 4:04 PM. The plane crashed in the municipality of Carrefour.

Haitian newspaper Le Nouvelliste reported that six people were killed.

Haiti’s civil defense authority did not immediately respond to a request for more details.

Videos circulating on WhatsApp showed the twisted wreckage of a plane in the middle of a road, along with what appeared to be the bodies of the crash victims. Reuters could not independently verify the provenance of the videos.


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