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8 Killed As Poll Campaign Plane Crashes In Mexico

6/14/2010 6:01 AM ET

All eight on board an airplane on election campaign for the July 4 gubernatorial elections in Mexico have died in a crash in a remote forested area in the country's south, reports said.

The Cessna Caravan was carrying two crew members and six passengers, campaign staff for a candidate of the Partido Revolucionario Institucional (PRI) for Quintana Roo state, when it crashed in the jungle town of Felipe Carrillo Puerto.

The accident occurred shortly after the plane took off from the small town near the Caribbean coastal town of Tulum, which hosts a Mayan site that is one of Mexico's popular tourist attractions.

The tragedy prompted Robert Borge Angulo, the powerful candidate for governor, to suspend his campaign because of the "indescribable loss" of those close to him, the Mexican media reported.

Authorities said all contact was lost when the plane went down Sunday night in an area that is difficult to reach, and had not yet been found.

The aircraft carrying the pilot, co-pilot, the candidate's security chief and four campaign workers, was en route to state capital Chetumal.

by RTT Staff Writer

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