Earlier this week, a plane being used for a gender reveal party in Mexico crashed into the water off the shore of Cancun. The crash caused two fatalities as the expectant parents along with their family and friends watched in horror.
While at the Nichupte Lagoon just off the coast of Cancun, the boat-bound group was watching the plane perform a flyover streaming behind it a banner that announced that the baby is a girl, The Sun stated.
The group of friends and family could be heard excitedly calling out “It’s a girl!” before things in the video took an extreme and dark turn.
“One of the crowd even joked: ‘It’s all good as long as it doesn’t end up crashing into us,” the Sun reported. “Seconds later, the joyous mood took a drastic turn as the partygoers noticed the plane take a dramatic nosedive into the water. … ‘Surely this can’t be happening!’ one shocked attendee shouted.”
The Navy responded to the scene where one of the pilots was declared dead at the scene, and another died while receiving first aid from responders. The navy has launched an investigation into the cause of the crash.
This is not the first time a gender reveal, where friends and family discover the sex of the baby, has turned deadly.
In upstate New York, an expectant father was unfortunately killed this past month when a contraption he was building for the gender reveal party malfunctions and exploded, according to New York state police.
The father, Christopher Pekny, 28, was building the device to unleash a grand reveal to his child’s gender in Catskills town of Liberty when it malfunctioned and blew up. The ensuing blast killed Pekny and severely injured his brother, Michael, 27. Michael was treated at Garnet Medical Center in Middletown for his injuries, as reported to USA Today.
“The Robin Hood diner in Livingston Manor, which has been owned and operated by the Pekny family since the 1980s, mourned the loss of Christopher in a statement,” USA Today said. “We are deeply saddened and must inform you all of the loss of our dear and beloved Christopher,” the family posted to social media. “We appreciate the overwhelming display of love and support that you all have shown.”
The pair’s elder brother, Peter Pekny, made a statement to the New York Times that said that the blast was “the freakiest of freak accidents that I could ever imagine.” He went on to say that he did not know what could have caused the explosion, and police have released no other details.