A private jet with more than a dozen people on board crashed in north Mexico on its way south from Las Vegas. The passengers had reportedly visited the US city to watch a boxing match.
Mexican rescuers spotted “no survivors” while surveying the crash site of a private plane in the north of the country, authorities said on Monday.
The wreckage is believed to be the Bombardier Challenger 601 jet that disappeared from radar while flying from Las Vegas to the north Mexican city of Monterrey with at least 13 people on board.
An air search of the isolated mountainous area found a wreck matching the private jet.
“Everything indicates it is the plane” that went missing, said Miguel Villarreal, head of the Monclova International Airport in the state of Coahuila.
Police, soldiers and civil protection agents were deployed to the site, as well as forensic dogs, to begin an investigation.
Civil protection official Francisco Martinez said unstable climatic conditions at around the time of the crash were being investigated as a possible cause.
“There has been a lot of activity and atmospheric instability in the state,” Martinez told Mexico’s Milenio television channel. In four days we’ve had storms, hailstone and winds with gusts of more than 60 kilometers per hour.”
Passengers on the private jet had reportedly visited Las Vegas to see Mexican boxer Saul “Canelo” Alvarez fight American Daniel Jacobs for the middleweight title fight on Saturday. Alvarez won the fight.
The boxer posted his condolences on Twitter, saying “I deeply lament the terrible accident of the plane coming from Vegas. I’m deeply grateful for the support of all the people who travel to see my fights. My prayers are with their families.”
Authorities did not release the names of people on board. The plane was registered in the US, where it was routinely rented for executive travel.