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Five go down in Riviera Maya jungle after plane loses altitude

Playa de Carmen, Q.R. — A small plane carrying five people went down shortly after leaving the Playa del Carmen airport Thursday morning.

The four passengers and one pilot were aboard a Cessna 207 belonging to Aero Saab that was traveling from Playa del Carmen to Chichén Itzá when the plan began to lose altitude. The accident occurred around 9:30 a.m. Thursday when shortly after take off, the pilot announced he was losing altitude.

A 911 emergency call was received when municipal police, firefighters and civil protection elements begin the search. The State and Federal Police also began the search with vehicles and on foot to locate the missing aircraft.

The plane’s pilot, Francisco Alan Rodríguez Rodríguez and his four companions spent about four hours in the jungle before help arrived.

Orlando Muñoz, of Civil Protection in Solidarity, confirmed the four passengers on board the plane, along with their pilot, suffered only minor bumps and bruises.

On board the plane were William Carpmael, 46, Anna Carpmael, 48, Emily Carpmael, 15 and George Carpmael, 14, all from England.

All five were loaded into a waiting helicopter and taken to hospital in Playa del Carmen.