Caravan Kills Man On Mexican Beach


A 62-year-old man who was on a Mexican beach was killed when a Cessna Caravan carrying skydivers landed on top of him during a forced landing. The incident occurred on a crowded section of beach in the Pacific coast town of Puerto Escondido in the state of Oaxaca. The aircraft had four Canadian skydivers and a Mexican pilot onboard. They were all taken to a local hospital and were in stable condition on Monday.

There was no immediate word on what prompted the emergency landing, which took place between the surf line and a wooden building used as a restaurant on the beach. The aircraft was heavily damaged but remained intact, and there was no post-crash fire.

Russ Niles
Russ Niles is Editor-in-Chief of AVweb. He has been a pilot for 30 years and joined AVweb 22 years ago. He and his wife Marni live in southern British Columbia where they also operate a small winery.


  1. I’ve told my Civil Air Patrol cadets, “On the day you come searching for me, bring a fire truck, because there WILL be fuel at my crash site.”

  2. N80GE is the registration. Some better pictures on another site. With how much damage on the left wing really surprised no fire. Probably ran out of fuel, or forgot to turn on the right side fuel valve.

  3. Looking at just this photo, this appears to be a Grand Caravan, and appears to have had the standard PT6 replaced as the exhaust is exiting at the RH upper forward end of the cowling and not in the factory position of the RH lower aft.

    • It is a grand Caravan, C208B. Has an upgraded PT6-42 engine with 850hp instead of the standard 675hp. Thatโ€™s why the different exhaust configuration.

    • Given the highly unusual and rare nature of being run over by a plane on a beach, a “wild-ass guess” could be that the odds are in the range of one in several billion or even more. ๐Ÿค™๐Ÿ˜Š