Santo Domingo.– UN helicopters on Saturday reached the remote site of a plane crash that killed 11 peacekeepers when a surveillance flight slammed into a mountain in eastern Haiti.
All onboard died after the CASA C-212 twin engine turboprop aircraft went down Friday afternoon near the border with the Dominican Republic, about 45 kilometers from the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince.
The plane came to rest on an isolated mountainside near a farming town called Peyi Mouri, meaning "dead country" in Haitian Creole.
Two UN helicopters were able to land near the site Saturday morning and peacekeepers began the process of bringing bodies back to Port-au-Prince, mission spokesman David Wimhurst said.
The victims were Uruguayan and Jordanian troops serving with the 9,000-strong UN peacekeeping force that has been in Haiti since a 2004 rebellion ousted former President Jean-Bertrand Aristide. Six Uruguayan soldiers were killed in the crash, including the pilot and co-pilot, Uruguay's minister of defense told local media.
The mountainous border area between Haiti and the Dominican Republic, where Uruguayan plane was flying, is rife with drug and human smuggling.