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Light aircraft crash in Guatemala City kills six

2009-05-14 23:08:13 GMT2009-05-15 07:08:13 (Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

Firefighters carry the body of a victim at the site where a plane crashed into the yard of a home near the Guatemala City airport, Thursday, May 14, 2009. Several people are feared dead. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)

Bodies of victims are seen at the site where a plane crashed into the yard of a home near the Guatemala City airport, Thursday, May 14, 2009. Several people are feared dead. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)

Firefighters carry a body at the site where a plane crashed into the yard of a home near the Guatemala City airport, Thursday, May 14, 2009. Several people are feared dead. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)

MEXICO CITY, May 14 (Xinhua) -- Six people died in Guatemala City on Thursday when a Piper Azteca light aircraft, owned by Aeroservicios Company and heading for Belize, crashed upon its departure from Guatemala City's La Aurora airport, according to news reaching here.

Among the dead was Joseph Godoy, head of Guatemala City's urban planning and support fund, the head of Guatemala's civil aviation authority, Juan Jose Carlos told the local media.

Other victims included the pilot and professors from a private educational institution, Universidad Franciso Marroquin.

Carlos said the plane took off at 2:42 p.m. local time, in a heavy rain, and then veered unexpectedly to the left, before crashing into a private house on the ground. No one was hurt on the ground, although the crash caused a fire at the house.

According to the Guatemalan newspaper Prensa Libr, the house belongs to the wife of a Guatemala tourist agency boss.

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