A private plane traveling from Austin, Texas, crashed at the end of the runway at the Honduran capital's international airport and broke in half on Tuesday, but the crew and passengers were rescued and, according to reports, out of danger.
online showed what appeared to be residents of the area by removing people from the damaged fuselage of the white Gulfstream jet, while others sprayed it with hand-held fire extinguishers.
The firemen arrived at the scene and sprayed the remains with foam. Part of the plane appeared in photos found on a street.
The FlightAware website said the flight originated in the Texas capital Tuesday morning and was later confirmed by the Honduran Civil Aviation Agency.
the aircraft registered to TVPX Aircraft Solutions Inc. in North Salt Lake, Utah. One person who answered the phone on TVPX and identified himself as Mike said he had no information to share and hung up.
The emergency management agency of Honduras said on Twitter that the first responders rescued passengers and crew. He did not provide the number of people on board, but said they were all alive.
Honduran firefighters posted photos of the accident and said there were nine people injured, but military police spokesman Mario Rivera said there were six on board. The discrepancy was not immediately clarified.
President Juan Orlando Hernández confirmed via Twitter that the wounded remained stable.
The aviation agency said in a statement that the accident took place at 11:15 a.m. for medical care and said airport operations were temporarily closed while the authorities controlled to ensure that the conditions were safe.
In 2008, a plane of the former airline TACA crashed in almost the same place. Five people died in that crash.
The Tegucigalpa airport has long been known as one of the most difficult approaches in the hemisphere, surrounded by mountain tops and residential neighborhoods. The airport runway is approximately 6,600 feet (2,012 meters) long, according to the airport's website.
Authorities asked drivers to avoid the area and said that some 50,000 people in the neighborhood lost power because the plane downed power lines. ] —
Associate reporter Christopher Sherman in Mexico City contributed to this report.