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Cargo plane crashes in northern Mexico killing US pilot

Investigators examine the remains of a DC-9-15 on a runway in Ramos Arizpe, Mexico, on Sunday.

Associated Press

Investigators examine the remains of a DC-9-15 on a runway in Ramos Arizpe, Mexico, on Sunday.

A plane carrying a load of auto parts crashed Sunday as it was trying to land in northern Mexico, killing the pilot and severely injuring the co-pilot.

The plane crashed before dawn half a mile from the runway in Ramos Arizpe, 200 miles south of the U.S.-Mexico border, said Segismundo Doguin, the deputy civil defense chief for Coahuila state.

The co-pilot received second- and third-degree burns and was in critical condition at a hospital in the nearby city of Saltillo, Doguin said.

The DC-9-15 freighter was operated by USA Jet Airlines. The plane was carrying four tons of car parts it had picked up in Hamilton, Canada, for a General Motors plant in Ramos Arizpe.


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Times wires

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