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Two killed when plane hired to entertain nose-dives into Cancun lagoon

Cancun, Q.R. — Two bodies have been pulled from a plane that dive-crashed into the Cancun Nichupté lagoon Tuesday. Police and Civil Protection personnel responded to the crash that was reported by numerous onlookers who witnessed the plane nose-dive into the lagoon.

The accident happened around 4:00 p.m. Tuesday afternoon when the plane was providing entertainment maneuvers for a group of people on the ground. The plane, which had flown from Holbox to Cancun, was flying overhead for the group that reserved it when it suddenly took a turn and plunged nose-first into the water.

Responding authorities found parts of the plane floating in the lagoon. Rescuers recovered the bodies of two men, the pilot and co-pilot, from inside the plane. Both were moved to a nearby plaza dock where they were transferred to a waiting forensic vehicle.

According to preliminary data, the Cessna 206 took off from Holbox at 3:15, making its way to Cancun. The plane was hired to release pink into the air for a baby shower announcement, however, while performing a maneuver, the plane plunged into the water near La Isla shopping complex. Navy divers pulled the bodies from the wreckage. Both men were were employees of the Xomex aviation company.