An aircraft carrying four Canadian paratroopers held yesterday crash landing on a beach in the state of Oaxaca, southern Mexico, was made known by the civil defense office of the state, resulting in the death of a 62-year-old man, who was on the beach at the time.

The plane was forced to land at a busy spot on Bacocho Beach in the popular tourist Pacific town of Puerto Escondido, the office said in a statement, adding that the victim’s wife, who was on the beach with him, was unharmed.

Images released by Puerto Global newspaper show the damaged plane on the beach after crashing into a turtle rescue center.

The civil protection announcement did not give further details about the landing or the identities of those involved, noting that investigations are ongoing. No other people on the beach were injured, it is noted.

The plane’s occupants, the four Canadian paratroopers aged between 35 and 60 and a 40-year-old Mexican man, were pulled from the aircraft and taken to hospital, the statement added, in stable condition.

The state’s governor, Solomon Jara, said in a post on X that rescue teams were mobilized to help those injured on the plane.

“To the family of the man who lost his life, we will provide all necessary support and stand by their side in the face of this irreparable loss,” he stressed.