Lencero, Veracruz — Six people died Sunday morning after a Mexican Air Force plane crashed shortly after takeoff. Authorities from Veracruz Civil Protection said the accident happened in the town of Lencero in the municipality of Emiliano Zapata.
According to first reports, the accident occurred during the 9:45 a.m. takeoff of the FAM3912 LJ45 aircraft at the El Lencero National Airport. The plane was scheduled to fly from Xalapa to Villahermosa, Tabasco. However, during takeoff, the aircraft collapsed at the end of the runway and crashed into a field where it burst into flames.
The Secretariat of National Defense reported the death of all six onboard the aircraft, noting there were no survivors. The agency says they continue to work on investigating the cause of the crash.
Civil Protection personnel and elements of the State Public Security along with medial staff from the Mexican Red Cross attended the accident site.