CANCUN, Mexico – A Televisa sportscaster and his American pilot died when their small plane crashed in Cozumel, an Island in Mexico’s Caribbean region, while performing stunts, emergency management officials said.
Jorge “Chori” Lopez Vives, who worked for Televisa Deportes, and pilot Fred Cabanas died when the stunt plane manufactured by American Champion Aircraft Corporation went down, Cozumel emergency management chief Rudy Erosa Navarrete told Efe.
Cabanas and Lopez Vives were working on a show about extreme sports that was to be broadcast in the next few days, officials said.
The pilot, known for his dangerous acrobatic maneuvers, was one of the most experienced stunt flyers in the United States.
The accident occurred around 5:00 p.m. Tuesday and the wreckage ended up about 40 meters (130 feet) from the runway.
The wreckage of the plane, which was registered in El Salvador, was turned over to the Civil Aviation Board, which will investigate the cause of the crash. EFE