Canadian dies in plane crash in popular tourist area of Honduras

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      A small private plane has crashed off the coast of northern Honduras, reportedly killing one Canadian and four American tourists.

      It occurred shortly after takeoff from the island of Roatán, which is a popular destination for foreigners.

      It's the largest of a group of eight Honduran islands called Islas de la Bahia in the Caribbean Sea.

      They were planning to fly to the city of Trujillo along the northern mainland of Honduras.

      Global Affairs Canada has not released the name of the Canadian who died.

      Initially, media reports suggested that all five people on the plane were Canadian, but that turned out to be inaccurate.

      Patrick Forseth was a popular pilot and restaurant owner who often flew people to their destinations when others weren't willing to do so.
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      Media outlets have reported that the Canadian onboard the plane was the pilot, Patrick Forseth, who's from British Columbia.

      Forseth owns a restaurant in Trujillo and his family owns a resort in Honduras.

      His sister Jenna told Canadian Press that he was well-loved.

      One of his friends, Edil Mendez, told CTV Vancouver that he was a "hero" because he often helped people with medical evacuations.