Light plane crashes during gender reveal party in Mexico

Still shots of aircraft crash in Mexico
Images via Cortesía Twitter/X
Len Varley - Assistant Editor 2 Min Read
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A fly past involving a single-engine light aircraft at a private function in San Pedro, Mexico has resulted in tragedy over the weekend, after the aircraft experienced a mid-air breakup at low altitude.

The aircraft, a privately owned single-engine Piper Pawnee PA-25-235 crashed following the failure of its port (left hand) wing.

San Pedro Mexico fatal crash

The structural failure occurred as it initiated a climb after activating a hopper release of pink dyed water at a private gender reveal party on Saturday 2 September in San Pedro Mexico.

The pilot, the sole occupant of the light aircraft, died following the crash.

Footage which was filmed by a guest at the gender reveal party shows making a low pass towards the open grassed area, where the couple stand in front of a display with their backs to the approaching aircraft.

Video: via Cortesía Twitter/X


As the Pawnee made its low run overhead, it released a plume of pink dyed water from its belly hopper. As the aircraft then climbs out overhead, the left wing assembly can be seen severing completely at the wing root, causing the aircraft to enter an uncontrolled rotation.

911 Emergency call

Local news source Línea Directa Portal reported that people present quickly called 911 for emergency assistance, and rescue teams quickly arrived at the scene.

Following the uncontrolled crash, the pilot was trapped inside the wreckage of the aircraft and was assisted by paramedics from the Red Cross of Navolato.

He was transferred to a hospital in serious condition, and died shortly afterwards.

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