Transcript for Jet attempting to land in Honduras goes off runway, cracks in 2
And we begin with that plane crash. The miracle survivors tonight. The plane taking off from Austin, Texas, then crashing, breaking in half during a landing in Honduras. The airport surrounded by mountains. That airport is known as one of the toughest for pilots to navigate. Tonight, it's believed everyone onboard survived this. Several of them Americans. ABC's Victor Oquendo with the images comes in tonight. Reporter: Tonight, a miraculous story of survival in Honduras. The gulfstream private jet cracked in two. Bystanders and rescuers racing to pull survivors from the smoldering wreckage, some trying to lift the door, others using fire extinguishers around the plane. Firefighters covering it with foam. The plane took off from Austin around 9:30 local time, attempting to land in Honduras's capital, Tegucigalpa, when officials say the plane went off the runway. Six people aboard the plane, five Americans. Local reports say the red cross transported all six to the hospital. All are expected to survive. It's not clear what caused the crash, but the airport, surrounded by mountains, is notorious for being one of the most difficult to approach. You could be too fast as you're coming around down that hill, and if you land too fast and you don't have the airplane under control, it's not hard, as we've seen at numerous instances at this airport, to go off the end of the runway. Reporter: In 2011, a commercial airliner crashed while attempting to land here, killing all 14 onboard. Just stunning images coming in tonight. Victor with us live, and Victor, the U.S. Embassy is providing assistance already tonight? Reporter: That's right, David. The U.S. Embassy providing any assistance necessary, aegd that their thoughts are with all those effected. Not only did all six people survive, only one had to be taken wine a stretcher. David? Just unbelievable. Victor, thank you.
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