A Mexican Air Force plane burst into flames as it crashed near an airport in eastern Mexico, killing all six people on board, officials and witnesses say. The cause of the crash was not immediately known.
The accident happened just after 11:30 a.m. local time on Sunday when the plane, a Learjet 45XR, went down in a field near El Lencero Airport in Xalapa, a city in the eastern state of Veracruz.
Nearly the entire plane was destroyed or engulfed in flames, except for the cockpit and tail. Video from the scene showed rescue workers as they tried to break into the cockpit to save anyone alive.
According to civil aviation sources, six people were on board the plane and no one survived. The identities of those on board were not immediately known.
Data from FlightAware showed that the plane flew from Mexico City to Xalapa earlier on Sunday morning, but rescue workers said it was taking off for Tabasco at the time of the crash.
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