Port-au-Prince — According to media reports and missionary groups, a crash in Haiti, southwest of the capital Port-au-Prince, killed all six people on board private planes, including two American missionaries.
The plane descended on Friday evening from Port-au-Prince’s airport to the southern coastal city of Jacmel, the Miami Herald reported, citing a statement from the National Civil Aviation Bureau (NCAO). Reuters was unable to confirm the report on its own.
The cause of the crash was not immediately apparent.
Haitian government representatives and the US embassy did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
Gospelto Haiti, a U.S.-based organization, posted on its Facebook page announcing that two American citizens, Trent Hostelter (35) and John Miller (43), had died in a crash.
The identities of the other four passengers were not immediately disclosed by the authorities.
The hostel’s wife and three children were on a previous plane on a small plane. There wasn’t enough space during the flight, so he stayed behind with Miller to catch the next plane, the group said.
“When the second plane didn’t show up, they were very worried and immediately heard that the plane got off somewhere near Leogan. A search team was formed and dispatched, and they left the plane early this morning. We found and confirmed that all six had been killed, “said the group’s Facebook post.
The Gospel to Haiti stated that the group decided to take a small private plane because of “anxiety” in Port-au-Prince. It has banished thousands and exacerbated the country’s humanitarian crisis.