A plane has crashed on a popular tourist beach, killing a 62-year-old man enjoying a stroll on the sand.
The Cessna 208B Grand Caravan aircraft was reportedly carrying four tourists from Canada taking part in a skydiving excursion.
The Mexican pilot encountered a technical problem shortly after takeoff yesterday (11 Feb), it’s understood.
The plane departed from runway 27 at Puerto Escondido Airport, located southeast of Acapulco in Mexico.
The skydiving plane crash-landed on Bacocho Beach in Puerto Escondido just after noon.
Before thudding into the sand, the plane reportedly hit an unsuspecting victim and he died at the scene.
Beachgoers rushed to help the passengers onboard the aircraft as the emergency services made their way to the accident scene.
Footage shows several men carrying one occupant from the crashed plane on the beach.
The state government said five people were injured and in “stable condition after undergoing a medical evaluation”.
The authorities said four were from Canada, aged 60, 59, 41, and 35.
The pilot, a 40-year-old man from Puerto Escondido, was also treated for non-life-threatening injuries.
The Cessna plane did not sustain any significant damage, according to reports.
Investigations into the cause of the accident and the victim’s death are ongoing.