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At least 6 dead in Haiti plane crash

At least six people died in a small commercial plane crash in Haiti on Wednesday, according to police.

The aircraft was flying from the capital of Port-au-Prince to the southern town of Jacmel, said Pierre Belamy Samedi, police chief in the suburb Carrefour where the plane crashed shortly after takeoff, AFP reports.

“I saw five unmoving bodies and at least three injured people who were not in the plane,” he said.

Earlier he said the pilot had survived, but police later clarified that the pilot was among the five dead on board the aircraft.

The crash also killed a motorbike driver and wounded five other people on the ground, according to Judge Moise Jean. All the wounded were taken to hospital.

Samedi said the plane also struck a truck carrying consumer goods.

“I am profoundly saddened, after this crash of a small plane on the Carrefour roadway which has caused deaths and injuries,” Prime Minister Ariel Henry tweeted Wednesday evening.

“I offer my sympathies to the families of the victims, for whom this latest development has just brought great desolation.”

Air traffic has grown substantially in Haiti over the last year, as gang violence near Port-au-Prince has blocked road connections from the capital to other parts of the country.