Six men died Friday in a plane crash in the northwestern Guatemalan province of San Marcos, an official said.

The mayor of Ixchiguan municipality, Augusto Merida, told radio stations that the small plane crashed in the community of Nuevo Porvenir.

"The six people were completely destroyed and are thought to have all been Mexicans," the official said.

Merida said that up to now only a billfold has been found with the name of Eduardo Castillo Perez, a native of the Mexican state of Tamaulipas.

"The airplane went down this morning. Local residents only heard the noise when it crashed into the trees," the mayor said in a statement on Emisoras Unidas radio.

He said the plane went down in a remote area of woods and cropland that is very hard to reach.

"It was a horrific scene," Merida said.

The causes of the accident are unknown, but the authorities have been notified so they can come to the scene of the tragedy to identify the victims and investigate the possible causes of the crash. EFE