GUATEMALA CITY The pilot of a small plane carrying humanitarian workers called in engine trouble about 45 minutes before the crash that killed 10 people, including five Americans.
Four passengers survived even as the Cessna Caravan broke apart and scattered burned wreckage across a barren field where the pilot made an emergency landing Sunday about 60 miles east of Guatemala City.
The dead included eight passengers, along with the Guatemalan pilot and co-pilot, Civil Aviation director Jose Carlos said. Five of the dead were Americans, and the nationalities of three others had not been determined. Four other Americans were airlifted to a hospital in the capital.
Sarah Jensen, a 19-year-old who suffered minor cuts and bruises, said she and her family were headed to a village to build homes for CHOICE Humanitarian, an aid group based in West Jordan, Utah.
Her brother and father, Roger Jensen, were killed, and her mother had serious burns and contusions. The family is from Amery, Wis., Jensen told The Associated Press in a brief hospital interview.
Roger Jensen, 48, was the maintenance manager at Smyth Companies in St. Paul, Minn., for 12 years, Chief Executive Officer John Hickey said Monday.
"He did everything. He was a carpenter. A multipurpose utility player. He was a very popular employee, forever upbeat," Hickey said. "He was very giving. I think he was in Africa last year."
Hickey said Jensen helped pay for his family's trip by recovering copper pipe from a facility being closed by the company, which prints consumer product labels.
"We thought the world of this guy," he said. "He was just a bright light in the company."