Plane Crash Kills 14 in Honduras

A small commercial plane crashed into a mountain near Tegucigalpa, Honduras today, killing the 12 passengers and two pilots onboard.

Three Americans were reportedly among the fatalities, according to CNN. Two Honduran government officials and a union leader were also among those on the flight.

Fog was reported in the area at the time of the accident.

Aviation officials in Honduras say the plane was descending towards Toncontin international airport in the capital city, when it lost contact with the control tower.

The Let L-410 plane, operated by Central American Airways, crashed on a mountain top in Las Mesitas, about three miles south of the airport, officials say.

"We found many ... bodies strewn about," Jorge Deras, mayor of the town of Santa Ana, near Las Mesitas, tells the Associated Press. "It's a tragic vision."

The plane had been on a regularly scheduled flight that originated in the northern city of San Pedro Sula.

One pilot survived the crash, but died on the way to the hospital, officials say.

The government declared three days of national mourning in honor of Assistant Secretary for Public Works Rodolfo Rovelo and former Economy Secretary Carlos Chain, who were on the flight.

Also reportedly among the dead was Jose Israel Salinas, leader of the United Workers Federation of Honduras.

The cause of the crash was under investigation.

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