6 killed as Mexican military plane crashes near Xalapa airport

Six people from the Mexican military were killed when the plane that they were travelling in crashed in the south eastern state of Veracruz.

The Mexican Secretary of Defence in a statement on Sunday said the accident took place in the morning when the air force’s Learjet 45 was taking off from the airport in the city of Xalapa.

The statement did not tell what caused the crash or how many people were on board the plane. But it said that six members of the military were killed and an investigation was ordered.

Most of the plane, except for the cockpit and tail, was destroyed when it came down in a field near the airport.

Video from the scene showed rescue workers trying to break the windows of the cockpit to find any survivors.