Mexico, .- The Mexican boxer Saul “Canelo” Alvarez lamented on Monday the death of 14 people who traveled in a private plane that collapsed in the Sierra de Monclova, in the Mexican state of Coahuila, from the US city of Las Vegas , where they had attended their fight last Saturday.
“I deeply regret the terrible plane crash from Vegas, I appreciate the support of all the people who travel to see my fights, my prayers are with their families,” Álvarez said in a Twitter message.
On Saturday, the Mexican boxer defeated the American Daniel Jacobs by unanimous decision in a unification bout of the world middleweight title.
In a first report, the State Directorate of Civil Protection indicated that the plane had disappeared and hours later reported that it had been located in the Sierra de Monclova and the 14 occupants who were on board died.
The agency said that troops of various corporations, including the Mexican Army, were mobilized at the site of the accident.
The institution indicated that three members of the crew and 11 passengers were traveling on the aircraft.
The Bombardier Challenger 601 jet, with license plate N601VH, was reported missing since Sunday afternoon.
The aircraft took off at 5:00 pm local time (22:00 GMT) on Sunday from McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas to the city of Monterrey, capital of the Mexican state of Nuevo Leon.
Earlier this Monday, the Secretary of Public Safety of Coahuila, José Luis Pliego Corona, had reported that the relief corps had begun the search for the plane reported as missing in the municipality of Monclova, in the center of the state.
Local media reported that passengers had traveled to Las Vegas to attend the boxing show that Álvarez starred on Saturday.
In Mexico, it is common for wealthy people to rent aircrafts to attend relevant sporting events or other shows in the neighboring country. (EFE)