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11 December 2023

Small plane crashes in Guatemala, 2 US missionaries injured


Guatemalan authorities and a US-based missionary group say a small plane has crashed in Guatemala, seriously injuring two American men on board.

Paradise Bound Ministries of Zeeland, Michigan, identifies the men as Luke Sullivan, its aviation director, and Bruce Van Fleet, a visiting missionary pilot.

Brad Lanser is president of the group's ministry board. He says the men are in serious condition.

Guatemala's aviation authority says Sullivan is 28 and Van Fleet 32. It says the plane took off from Quiche department and was headed for Guatemala City's international airport.

The aircraft went down Thursday in Chimaltenango department, about 20 miles (33 kilometers) from Guatemala City.

The men were initially hospitalized in Chimaltenango and then taken by helicopter to a private facility in the capital.