American tourists among the five killed in Honduras plane crash

HONDURAS (NBC) — Authorities in Honduras say four Americans were among the five people killed in a private plane crash on Saturday.

The plane crashed into the sea shortly after taking off from a resort island off the Honduran coast. A policeman says the four American passengers appear to have died on impact.

The Canadian pilot was transported to a hospital where he died of internal injuries,

The Honduran Military said that rescue boats with police divers and firemen recovered the body within minutes of the crash.

The island is a popular tourist destination for foreigners from the United States, Canada and Europe.

Authorities say the plane was registered in the U.S.

The names or home towns of the American victims were not released.

Honduran authorities identified the pilot as Patrick Foreseth, a Canadian national who developed tourism projects in the Trujillo Bay area of Honduras.

The cause of the crash is under investigation.

The Piper PA-32-260 plane was headed to the tourist port city of Trujillo, Honduras, about 50 miles from the island.