One person aboard died and another was injured Tuesday when their small plane loaded with cocaine made a forced landing near the eastern Honduran town of Catacamas, the government said.

The spokesman for the security ministry, Hector Ivan Mejia, told reporters that the incident occurred in the wee hours.

Honduran police were alerted to the incursion in national air space of a small plane which they pursued with the help of agents from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, he said.

He added that the twin-engine plane, which was slightly damaged, was carrying up to 600 kilos (1,321 pounds) of cocaine.

Mejia said he didn't know the identity of the two crew members of the Colombian-registered aircraft, though they were thought to be Brazilians.

The drugs and injured crew member were taken to Tegucigalpa, according to the spokesman, who gave no details about how the forced landing came about.

Honduran police, in coordination with DEA agents, seized more than 1,500 kilos (1 1/2 tons) of cocaine over the past few weeks in the Caribbean and eastern regions of Honduras.

In 2011 Honduran authorities confiscated more than 22 tons of cocaine in a number of operations, some of them in coordination with the U.S. Coast Guard. EFE