Teen girls taking selfie at an airstrip killed as plane wing strikes both across the head

Two teenage girls were killed in a freak accident as a plane struck their heads while they took selfies near an airstrip. Nitzia Mendoza Corral, 18, and Clarissa Morquecho Miranda, 17, were standing inside a van at the back while recording a video selfie when the freak accident occurred.

The video, taken in the north-central Mexican state of Chihuahua, showed a light aircraft coming into land.  Tragically, the girls failed to see the plane coming in time, before its wing struck them both in the head, causing immediate fatal injuries.

It is understood both girls had been visiting a racecourse next to the airstrip. Nitzia had been studying law and Clarissa was in her last year of high school , Mexican media reported.

Some witnesses had asked the teens to get out of the vehicle because it was dangerous, they said, but the girls ignored the warnings.  A spokesman for the state prosecutor’s office said that authorities were investigating the case.

There was no comment from the girls’ families. The identity of the pilot was not released, and it was not clear how the plane came to be so close to a vehicle on landing. There were no reports of bad weather at the time of the accident that could have affected visibility.


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