June 6, 2023

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Two-year-old child dies on beach after plane overruns runway

A two-year-old child died Sunday after a small plane crashed at Simon Bolivar International Airport in Santa Marta on Colombia’s Caribbean coast, officials said.

The plane, an SF50 Cirrus operated by the private company Panamerican Training Center, crashed around noon on takeoff, investigators explained in a tweet.

The plane ended its run into a tree a few meters from the runway and close to the beach where the boy was.

“Unfortunately, we have to report that a two-year-old child who was not on board has lost his life,” local police commander Colonel Adriana Bass told the media.

Five people on board the flight, which was bound for the Colombian capital Bogotá, were treated for minor injuries, an official statement said.

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