MEXICO CITY — A Mexican air force plane landed at an airport near Mexico City on Wednesday, carrying eight of the bodies of 53 migrants found dead in a truck in Texas last month. .
They were the first to be released among 26 Mexicans among those who died of heat and dehydration inside a locked truck abandoned by smugglers outside of San Antonio on June 27. The temperature that day reached 100 degrees F (38 degrees C).
Mexico’s foreign ministry said in a statement Wednesday night that the military plane was making a second trip to San Antonio on Wednesday to salvage eight more victims. In total, the government planned to return the bodies of 25 of the 26 Mexican victims, according to the wishes of their families, the statement said.
Those who died in the truck included people from the states of Guanajuato, Veracruz, Oaxaca, Mexico, Zacatecas, Queretaro, Morelos and Mexico City.
Migrants from Honduras and Guatemala were also among those killed in what is known as the bloodiest smuggling operation in the United States.
In 2017, 10 people died after being trapped inside a van parked at a Walmart in San Antonio. In 2003, the bodies of 19 migrants were found in a stuffy truck in the southeast of the city.