A small plane with Honduran registration disappeared this Saturday supposedly in a mountainous area of after having departed from the airport on the Caribbean island of Roatán, reported the Civil Aeronautics Agency of the Central American country.

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The aircraft, for private use and in which only the pilot was traveling, departed around 4:02 p.m. local time (22:02 GMT) from the Juan Manuel Gálvez airport on the island of Roatán and was scheduled to land at the Toncontín airport in Tegucigalpa, the capital of Honduras, the institution said in a statement.

According to unofficial information, the pilot of the small plane would be the Honduran businessman Allan Flores.

Civil Aeronautics specified that this afternoon it received a signal from the Emergency Locator Transmitter (ELT) of the small plane, with registration HR-ABB, model C-310.

The last radio communication with the pilot occurred between the La Muralla National Park, located in the department of Olancho, in eastern Honduras, around “10 nautical miles from the Vokas position, 37 nautical miles from the Golosón airport”, from the Caribbean city of La Ceiba, he added.

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The Honduran institution indicated that it has activated its “search and rescue system,” as well as that of other rescue entities in the country to begin the search for the aircraft.

The Honduran Minister of Security, Gustavo Sánchez, announced the deployment of location and search teams from the municipality of La Unión, department of Olancho, and the department of Yoro, north, to locate the lost aircraft.

The search teams “have already been on the road for two hours in a mountainous area of ​​the sector,” Sánchez said in a message on the X social network, without specifying more details. EFE