Two American missionaries were among six people killed on Friday when a private plane crashed in Haiti, according to reports.
The flight crashed after leaving Port-au-Prince, the country’s capital, towards Jacmel on the south coast, after taking off around 7 p.m. local time, the National Civil Aviation Office said. from Haiti, according to Agence France-Presse.
The flight usually takes about an hour.
US-based Gospel to Haiti identified Americans on Facebook as Trent Hostetler, 35, and John Miller, 43, adding that Hostetler’s wife and children had taken a flight earlier. Miller was from Wisconsin, a Facebook post said; no one knew where Hostetler came from.
The other four passengers have not been publicly identified.
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“There was no room for everyone on the first flight so Erica [Hostetler] and their 3 children, along with other friends visiting Haiti took a flight and Trent [Hostetler] and Jean [Miller] were to come on another small plane shortly after them, ”Gospel to Haiti wrote in the mail. “When the 2nd plane did not show up, they were very worried and quickly learned that the plane had crashed somewhere near Léogâne.
They said a search team found the wreckage on Saturday morning and confirmed there were no survivors.
“Because of political unrest, gang violence and so on in Haiti, they would take this little plane to Jacmel where they would meet up with the rest of their family,” Darwin Hostetler, Trent’s cousin who was also involved in the mission , said the Miami Herald. “They would fly to Jacmel and then they would meet our missionaries, who would take them to Petit-Goâve.”
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The cause of the crash has not been determined, AFP reported. Although Hurricane Elsa was approaching, authorities did not cite weather conditions as a possible factor.
The single-engine aircraft was registered under a South Florida company name, the Herald reported.
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