Aires Airlines 737 crashes, one killed

An Aires Airlines Boeing 737 carrying 131 people crashed and broke into three pieces on the runway at San Andres Island off the coast of Nicaragua.

Aires Air Crash

An Aires Airlines Boeing 737-700 jetliner carrying 131 people crashed in a thunderstorm and broke into three pieces as it slid onto the runway at San Andres Island on Monday.

Colombian Air Force Col. David Barrero said officials were investigating reports that the plane—en route from Bogota—had been hit by lightning before crashing at 1:49 a.m. (3:49 a.m. EDT).

San Andres Gov. Pedro Gallardo said 125 passengers and six crew members were aboard Aires Flight 8520, but the only person killed was Amar Fernandez de Barreto, 68.

Officials report that 119 people were treated or checked at local clinics and five were seriously injured.

San Andres Island is a resort area located about 120 miles east of the Nicaraguan coast.