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El Salvador: 3 Dead, Including Defense Minister Son, in Plane Crash


Fri 03 Dec 2021 | 02:30 PM
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A Salvadoran military plane crashed into the Pacific on Thursday, killing all three people aboard, including the son of the defense minister.

The armed forces confirmed that the bodies of all three victims had been recovered, noting that they were two crew members of the plane and Gerardo Merino, the son of Defense Minister Francis René Merino Monroy.

Nevertheless, the armed forces did not explain why Merino was aboard the aircraft, stating only that the plane “was on a mission in the coastal area” when it crashed.

Notably, the crash occurred about 3 nautical miles off the coast and boats and aircraft were dispatched to help in the search effort.

On his part, El Salvador's President Nayib Bukele sent a message of condolence to the defense minister.