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Five people, including four Americans, were killed when a small plane crashed into the sea shortly after takeoff from an airport in Honduras on Saturday, according to officials.

The crash happened off Roatán island, a tourist destination on the Atlantic coast of Honduras.

The Piper PA-32-260 plane was headed to the tourist port city of Trujillo, about 49 miles from Roatán, an island frequented by tourists from the United States, Canada and Europe, authorities told Reuters.

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Four Americans were among the dead when a small plane crashed into the sea off a popular tourist destination in Honduras on Saturday, officials said.

Four Americans were among the dead when a small plane crashed into the sea off a popular tourist destination in Honduras on Saturday, officials said. (Honduras Fire Department)

A State Department spokesperson confirmed to Fox News that four Americans were among the dead, and the U.S. Embassy in Tegucigalpa is “providing all appropriate consular assistance.”

“We express our condolences to all those affected by this tragedy,” a spokesperson said. “We extend our sincere condolences to the family and friends of the deceased.”

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Global Affairs Canada told CTV News that a Canadian citizen was also among those killed in the crash.

“Our thoughts are with the family and friends of the Canadian Citizen who died in a tragic plane crash in Roatán Islands, Honduras. Canadian consular officials in Tegucigalpa, Honduras are in contact with local authorities and are providing consular assistance to the family of the victim,” a Global Affairs Canada spokesperson told CTV.

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Officials said that firefighters responded quickly to the crash site, where four of the plane’s occupants were found dead. Another died hours later after being taken to a hospital, according to CTV News.

Local authorities in Honduras did not immediately offer a cause for the accident, Reuters reported.

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Five people, including four Americans, were killed when a small plane crashed into the sea shortly after takeoff from an airport in Honduras on Saturday, according to officials.

The crash happened off Roatán island, a tourist destination on the Atlantic coast of Honduras.

The Piper PA-32-260 plane was headed to the tourist port city of Trujillo, about 49 miles from Roatán, an island frequented by tourists from the United States, Canada and Europe, authorities told Reuters.

US COLLEGE GRAD AMONG VICTIMS OF HORRIFIC RUSSIA PLANE FIRE

Four Americans were among the dead when a small plane crashed into the sea off a popular tourist destination in Honduras on Saturday, officials said.

Four Americans were among the dead when a small plane crashed into the sea off a popular tourist destination in Honduras on Saturday, officials said. (Honduras Fire Department)

A State Department spokesperson confirmed to Fox News that four Americans were among the dead, and the U.S. Embassy in Tegucigalpa is “providing all appropriate consular assistance.”

“We express our condolences to all those affected by this tragedy,” a spokesperson said. “We extend our sincere condolences to the family and friends of the deceased.”

AEROFLOT CREW’S HEROIC ACTIONS PRAISED, AS FLIGHT ATTENDANT KILLED TRYING TO SAVE PASSENGERS FROM DEADLY INFERNO

Global Affairs Canada told CTV News that a Canadian citizen was also among those killed in the crash.

“Our thoughts are with the family and friends of the Canadian Citizen who died in a tragic plane crash in Roatán Islands, Honduras. Canadian consular officials in Tegucigalpa, Honduras are in contact with local authorities and are providing consular assistance to the family of the victim,” a Global Affairs Canada spokesperson told CTV.

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Officials said that firefighters responded quickly to the crash site, where four of the plane’s occupants were found dead. Another died hours later after being taken to a hospital, according to CTV News.

Local authorities in Honduras did not immediately offer a cause for the accident, Reuters reported.

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It seemed to be more “Do as I say, not as I do” leadership from U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

On Wednesday, the New York Democrat enthusiastically threw in her support for Uber and Lyft drivers ahead of a worldwide strike, but campaign finance records indicate her team has spent nearly $2,000 on ride-hailing services this year alone.

The boycott was organized in response to Uber’s anticipated initial public offering this Friday for more than $90 billion – a figure drivers say comes at the cost of reduced wages and job security.

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In a Wednesday afternoon tweet, Ocasio-Cortez urged her followers to avoid using either Uber or Lyft to help support the drivers (though “Cabs are fine!” she wrote).

“It’s a small but big way you can help all the drivers you’ve met get paid more to feed their families + support themselves,” she wrote.

But despite overtures of solidarity, campaign records show Ocasio-Cortez’s staff spent nearly $2,000 on ride-hailing services in the first three months of 2019, and more than $16,000 last year. And Wednesday was by no means the first time Ocasio-Cortez took aim at the such services.

Since declaring her candidacy to unseat incumbent Democrat Joe Crowley in May 2017, her campaign has relied heavily on Uber, Lyft, and Juno, despite criticizing them for underpaying their drivers.

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In August, she appeared to blame Uber for a yellow cab driver’s suicide after he killed himself with a shotgun amid his inability to compete with the internet-inspired upstarts.

“NYC”s fourth driver suicide. Yellow cab drivers are in financial ruin due to the unregulated expansion of Uber. What was a living wage job now pays under minimum,” she wrote.

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Her campaign did cut some spending on Uber rides amid scrutiny. But those cuts were soon offset by the extensive use of Lyft and Juno, Federal Election Commission (FED) records show.

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A recent Colorado College graduate traveling to northwest Russia to work as a fishing guide was one of 41 people killed Sunday when a Russian airliner made a hard emergency landing at a Moscow airport, igniting unburned fuel that consumed the aircraft.

Jeremy Brooks, 22, is believed to be the only American who died in the crash of the SSJ100 jet, which was bound for the northwestern city of Murmansk.

Brooks, of Santa Fe, N.M., graduated from the Colorado Springs school in 2018 with a degree in environmental science, Fox 31 reported. Ivan Valdez, the proprietor of the Reel Life fishing shop in Santa Fe, told reporters that Brooks had worked for him since he was 16.

“He just recently graduated … and was looking to expand his horizons a little bit,” Valdez told KOB.

In a post on The Reel Life’s Facebook page, Valdez paid tribute to Brooks as “mature beyond his years and the ultimate people person.”

“With a world filled with so much anger and hate, Jeremy would take you away from all of that,” Valdez wrote. “I can remember all of our trips we have fished and guided together! You were like my son to me Jeremy!”

The Aeroflot plane was airborne for just 28 minutes after takeoff from Sheremetyevo airport before returning to make a landing laden with unburned fuel, investigators said.

Pilot Denis Evdokimov told Russian media that he followed procedures for landing with excess weight. However, the crew reportedly did not dump any fuel, which is common for flights that have to land soon after takeoff to prevent being overly heavy.

Evdokimov said the plane had lost radio communications because of a lightning strike, but it was not clear if that precipitated the emergency landing.

He added that he was not certain why the plane landed hard. Svetlana Petrenko, a spokeswoman for Russia’s main investigative agency, told Russian news agencies that investigators were looking into three main possibilities behind the cause of the disaster: inexperienced pilots, equipment failure and bad weather.

Video showed flames bursting from the jet’s underside as it touched down, then raging across the rear of the Sukhoi SSJ100’s fuselage within seconds as the airliner bounced down the runway.

When the plane came to a halt, some of the people aboard plunged down inflatable slides deployed from the forward part of the plane.

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Some of those who escaped were carrying luggage, raising concerns that grabbing their bags may have delayed an evacuation in which every second was critical.

“I do not know what to say about people who ran out with bags, “survivor Mikhail Savchenko wrote on Facebook. “God is their judge.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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A jet flying from Las Vegas with more than a dozen people aboard crashed on in northern Mexico, authorities said on Monday.

The private executive jet was found in a remote area northwest of Monclova, a city in the state of Coahuila, Francisco Martinez Avalos, deputy secretary for Coahuila state civil defense, told Milenio Televisión.

Three crew members and 10 passengers were on the plane, according to local news outlet Reforma. Further information on a possible number of victims was not immediately clear.

The airplane left Nevada on Sunday afternoon, and was scheduled to arrive in the northern Mexican city of Monterrey on Sunday evening. The jet never arrived, prompting a search.

This is a developing story; please check back for updates.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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The flight crew on the Russian passenger jet that erupted into a fireball during an emergency landing in Moscow on Sunday is being hailed for heroic efforts to save passengers — including one flight attendant who perished while trying to get those onboard to safety.

Russian Transport Minister Yevgeny Dietrich said Monday that emergency workers have recovered 41 bodies from the Aeroflot SSJ100 that was carrying 78 people, including five crew members, when it came down hard on the runway at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport. The jet, destined for Murmansk, had turned back after takeoff.

Among the dead included, was flight attendant Maxim Moiseev, according to Dietrich.

Tatyana Kasatkina (left) and Maxim Moiseev (right) are being praised for their heroic efforts to save passengers from the burning aircraft. Moiseev reportedly stayed behind, and perished in the flames.

Tatyana Kasatkina (left) and Maxim Moiseev (right) are being praised for their heroic efforts to save passengers from the burning aircraft. Moiseev reportedly stayed behind, and perished in the flames. (east2west)

Moiseev was in the rear of the plane as it landed and stayed inside as the aircraft became engulfed in flames, Russia’s TASS News Agency reported.

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“He was trying to open the rear exit door to quickly evacuate the passengers from the tail that was ablaze,” an aviation source told TASS. “He didn’t succeed and started helping people to leave the plane.”

TASS reported that Moiseev stayed on board trying to get people off the aircraft, and died in the fire.

The Sukhoi SSJ100 aircraft of Aeroflot airlines is covered in fire retardant foam after an emergency landing in Sheremetyevo airport in Moscow, Russia, Sunday, May 5, 2019.

The Sukhoi SSJ100 aircraft of Aeroflot airlines is covered in fire retardant foam after an emergency landing in Sheremetyevo airport in Moscow, Russia, Sunday, May 5, 2019. (Moscow News Agency photo via AP)

Another flight attendant, Tatyana Kasatkina, told the Lenta news agency those on board had just seconds to escape the plane, and she grabbed passengers by their collars to hurl them down escape chutes.

“People starting getting out of their seats and making for the exit while the jet was still traveling at high speed,” she told Lenta. “They were phoning relatives, screaming that the plane was burning and falling.”

One survivor praised the plane’s attendants for helping save him and others.

“It was dark and there was gas, very high temperature. They helped people out of there, helped them to descend,” Dmity Khlebnikov said, according to Komsomolskaya Pravda.

Video on Russian TV showed the plane’s underside bursting into flames and spewing black smoke after making a hard landing Sunday night. Those who escaped leaped out of the plane down inflatable emergency slides and ran across the tarmac.

Most of those who died are believed to have been choked by the smoke, TASS reported.

Russia’s main investigative body said Monday that both flight recorders have been recovered from the plane. Committee spokeswoman Svetlana Petrenko was also quoted by Russian news agencies as saying investigators are looking into three main possibilities behind the cause of the disaster: insufficient pilot qualifications, equipment failure and weather.

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The pilot of the airliner, Denis Evdokimov, was quoted by Russian media as saying the plane was without radio communications because of a lightning strike. The plane had taken off for Murmansk in stormy weather but quickly turned back for an emergency landing, according to Sky News.

Over 40 died Sunday in a fiery airplane accident at Moscow's Sheremetyevo Airport, a spokeswoman for the Russian Investigative Committee said.

Over 40 died Sunday in a fiery airplane accident at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport, a spokeswoman for the Russian Investigative Committee said. ((Moscow News Agency photo via AP)

“We took off, got into a cloud, there was strong hail, and at that moment there was a pop and some kind of flash, like electricity,” Kasatnika told state TV.

This image taken from a video distributed by Russian Investigative Committee on Sunday, May 5, 2019, shows the Sukhoi SSJ100 aircraft of Aeroflot Airlines on fire, at Sheremetyevo airport, outside Moscow, Russia.

This image taken from a video distributed by Russian Investigative Committee on Sunday, May 5, 2019, shows the Sukhoi SSJ100 aircraft of Aeroflot Airlines on fire, at Sheremetyevo airport, outside Moscow, Russia. (The Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation via AP)

The plane reportedly did not jettison any fuel before the landing, as is a common procedure. It was not clear why it did not take the time to do that.

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The SSJ100, also known as the Superjet, was heralded when it went into service in 2011 as part of a new phase for Russia’s civil aviation industry, but the jet has been troubled by concerns about defects in the horizontal stabilizers. Russia’s aviation authority in 2017 ordered the inspection of all Superjets in the country because of the problems.

The Sukhoi SSJ100 aircraft of Aeroflot Airlines, center in the background, is seen after an emergency landing in Sheremetyevo airport outside Moscow, Russia, Monday, May 6, 2019.

The Sukhoi SSJ100 aircraft of Aeroflot Airlines, center in the background, is seen after an emergency landing in Sheremetyevo airport outside Moscow, Russia, Monday, May 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Boeing didn’t share information about a problem with a cockpit safety alert for about a year before the issue drew attention with the October crash of a 737 MAX jet in Indonesia, and then gave some airlines and pilots partial and inconsistent explanations, according to industry and government officials.

It was only after a second MAX accident in Ethiopia nearly five months later, these officials said, that Boeing became more forthcoming with airlines about the problem. And the company didn’t publicly disclose the software error behind the problem for another six weeks, in the interim leaving the flying public and, according to a Federal Aviation Administration spokesman, the agency’s acting chief unaware.

The length of time between when Boeing realized the problem and when it shared that information hasn’t been previously reported. The problem kept a safety feature found on earlier models from functioning on the MAX, though it isn’t clear if the feature would have prevented either crash.

Senior FAA and airline officials increasingly are raising questions about how transparent the Chicago aerospace giant has been regarding problems with the cockpit warnings, according to people familiar with their thinking.

The growing scrutiny could pose new challenges to Boeing’s efforts to shore up confidence in the 737 MAX, solicit regulatory support around the globe and get the MAX fleet, grounded after the second crash, flying again.

Meanwhile, as part of a criminal probe into whether Boeing misled regulators or customers, investigators as recently as last week were asking questions about how the MAX jets gained approval for flight and about Boeing officials involved in the process.

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On Sunday, Boeing said company engineers in 2017 identified that the alerts weren’t operating as intended due to a software error. Boeing said that at the time it relied on standard internal procedures and conducted an internal review by engineers and managers that determined that the problem didn’t “adversely impact airplane safety or operation.” Senior Boeing leaders didn’t learn about the issue until after the Oct. 29, 2018, Lion Air crash, the company said.

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At least 10 people were injured after a fire was reported on a Russian airliner that made a landing at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport on Sunday, according to local media.

Aeroflot flight SU1492 had taken off from the airport headed to Murmansk before it was forced to turn around and make a landing at the airport.

Flight tracking website FlightRadar24 said the flight had reported an emergency after takeoff and returned to Sheremetyevo Airport.

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Videos and pictures posted to Twitter shortly after showed a burning aircraft at Sheremetyevo Airport.

One video showed a massive amount of flames coming from what appeared to be the engine as the plane touched down on a runway.

Other videos showed people evacuating down the aircraft’s inflatable ramps. The TASS news agency reported that at least 10 people were injured, citing a law enforcement source.

The aircraft had 78 passengers aboard, RIA News reported.

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Representatives from Russia’s Investigative Committee are heading to the scene, the committee’s press service told Russian media.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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At least 13 people were killed in a fire on a Russian airliner forced to make a hard emergency landing at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport on Sunday, officials said.

Russia’s Investigative Committee said two children were among the dead but did not immediately provide further details.

Airport officials said Aeroflot flight SU1492, a Sukhoi SSJ-100 regional jet, had taken off for the northern city of Murmansk before it was forced to turn around with 73 passengers and five crew members on board.

In this image provided by Riccardo Dalla Francesca shows smoke rises from a fire on a plane at Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport on Sunday, May 5, 2019.

In this image provided by Riccardo Dalla Francesca shows smoke rises from a fire on a plane at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport on Sunday, May 5, 2019. (Riccardo Dalla Francesca via AP)

Aeroflot said in a brief statement that the plane’s engines were burning after the aircraft landed, but the sequence of events before and after the fire started was not clear. The statement did not specify what caused the plane to return to Sheremetyevo Airport, saying only that technical problems forced the jet to turn around.

This image taken from video provided by Instagram user @artempetrovich, shows an Aeroflot Airlines flight on fire during an emergency landing in Sheremetyevo airport in Moscow, Russia.

This image taken from video provided by Instagram user @artempetrovich, shows an Aeroflot Airlines flight on fire during an emergency landing in Sheremetyevo airport in Moscow, Russia. (@artempetrovich via AP)

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Videos and pictures posted to Twitter showed the jet landing at Sheremetyevo Airport with large flames engulfing the rear section.

One video showed a massive amount of flames coming from what appeared to be the engine as the plane touched down on a runway.

Video aired by Russian news channel Rossiya-24 showed passengers leaping from the front of the burning aircraft onto an inflatable slide and staggering across the tarmac and adjoining grass.

A law enforcement source told the Interfax news agency that the plane gave a distress signal after departure, then tried to make an emergency landing. After a first attempt failed, the aircraft was able to make a landing on the second try.

The incident caused at least 53 flights to be delayed and one canceled, according to Interfax. Airport officials told the news agency that the airport was operating “in a limited mode with one runway.”

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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A fuzzy rodent on a Boston trolley sent some passengers into a brief panic during their Monday morning commute, before it willingly snuggled with one of them.

Some commuters on the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority‘s Red Line car were surprised when a baby squirrel dashed through the doors of the trolley at the Ashmont station, prompting some to jump onto their seats.

“They weren’t sure if it would attack them,” passenger Rosanne Foley told Boston.com. “I explained it was only a baby squirrel to help calm things down.”

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As the passengers warmed up to the critter, one woman picked it up with a reusable bag and snuggled with it in her arms and pet its head, Foley told the news site. Another offered the squirrel a piece of a granola bar. The animal remained in the car for two stops and left at the aboveground Fields Corner station.

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“We were thinking best to release above ground where it could see trees rather than underground in Shawmut,” Foley said.

Lisa Battiston, a spokeswoman for the MBTA, said the agency was still working to identify the squirrel’s whereabouts. She thanked the passengers for their compassion, but encouraged customers to avoid contact with stray animals.

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