Rescuers look for missing private plane in northern Mexico

 Saltillo (Mexico), .- Relief agencies in the northern Mexican state of Coahuila began the search for a private plane that disappeared in the municipality of Monclova, in the central zone of the state, the State Security Secretariat reported Monday.

“We are taking care of the case because the reports and alerts were issued in the civil aviation community, it is not false information that suddenly appeared on social networks, but an alert that arises precisely from the civil aviation community. “, said Jose Luis Pliego Corona, Secretary of Public Security of Coahuila.

“Since last night there was a territorial deployment to alert us, until this time no villager, no corporation has reported the finding,” he added.

The Ministry of Public Security has the report that at the stroke of 17.00 local time (22.00 GMT) on Sunday took off from McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas, United States, a private jet model Bombardier Challenger 601, registration N601VH, to the airport International Airport of Monterrey, Mexican state of Nuevo León.

On the plane were three crew members and an undetermined number of passengers who traveled from Monterrey to Las Vegas to attend on Saturday the boxing function of Mexican Saul “Canelo” Alvarez.
Pliego said that the reports on the disappearance of the plane were received by the Ministry of Security at around 7:00 pm local time (24:00 GMT) on Sunday and the deployment of relief bodies by land in the Monclova region began.

The secretary mentioned that they are coordinating with the authorities of the neighboring state of Nuevo León for the search.
“Since the early hours of today, the Government of Coahuila’s aircrafts fly over the area,” he added.

The local newspaper El Norte, from Monterrey (capital of Nuevo León) reported that several specialized aeronautical sites issued an alert for the disappearance of the aircraft 261 kilometers from Monclova.
Authorities have not disclosed the number of passengers traveling on the plane, but unofficial sources in Monterrey said they could exceed 40 passengers. (EFE)

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