Jenna Forseth confirms her brother Patrick died in the crash in the Roatan area, a popular island destination for tourists
TRUJILLO, Honduras — A man killed in a plane crash in Honduras on Saturday is a former B.C. pilot, according to reports.
In a phone interview with The Canadian Press on Sunday, B.C. Jenna Forseth confirmed her brother Patrick was killed in the crash in the Roatan area, a popular island destination for tourists to the Central American country.
Earlier on Sunday, Global Affairs Canada confirmed a Canadian citizen had died in the crash, but did not identify them due to privacy concerns.
Stefano Maron said consular officials in the capital, Tegucigalpa, were in contact with local authorities and providing assistance to the victim’s family.
The Associated Press reports that the other victims of the crash were the plane’s four American passengers, citing an Armed Forces spokesman.
The Piper Cherokee Six plummeted into the Atlantic shortly after takeoff from Roatan en route to Trujillo, a port city on Honduras’s northern coast.
Jenna Forseth said her brother was “well-loved” in the area, saying “the whole town is in mourning.” It remains unclear if Patrick was flying the plane at the time of the crash or if he was a passenger, as local reports have said another pilot was on board as well.
A Facebook profile for Patrick Forseth lists him as being from Mission and as a Chilliwack resident at one point in time. He is listed as being associated with Carivida Vacation Tours, located in Trujillo.
Another post, shared by Facebook user Tommy Etheredge, called Patrick a “good pilot” and “the coolest Canadian.”
Maron added that Global Affairs’s thoughts are with the Canadian citizen’s friends and family.
The Honduran military said in a statement that rescue boats with police divers and firemen recovered four bodies within minutes of the crash, and transported another to a hospital, where he died shortly after of internal injuries.
The U.S. State Department also confirmed the deaths of four American citizens.
— With files from The Associated Press
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