(CNN Español) -- Walter Harms, national deputy of the Paraguayan Congress, and three other companions died this Saturday in a plane crash near the city of Guayaibí, in the Department of San Pedro, the Government of Paraguay reported through a statement.
According to the document, Harms was traveling aboard a small plane that crashed around 6 p.m. local time. The National Directorate of Civil Aeronautics (DINAC) added that in the aircraft, a Cessna 210 with registration ZP-BDN, in addition to the legislator, Carlos Harms, Jose Gonzalez and pilot Cesar Godoy were traveling.
Paraguayan authorities said that, according to preliminary reports, the four occupants of the plane perished in the crash, so police in the area informed the Public Prosecutor's Office about the incident.
"I am filled with the deepest sadness and grief at the passing of dear friend and colleague Walter Harms. He has left us a great friend whom I will always remember with immense affection," said the president of Paraguay, Santiago Peña, through his official X account, formerly Twitter.
"I accompany his family, as well as those of the other compatriots who died in this tragic accident, and I pray to God to give them strength in this difficult time. You will always be in my heart dear Walter," the president added.
The DINAC statement emphasized that Paraguay's Center for the Investigation and Prevention of Aviation Accidents (CIPAA) will conduct a thorough investigation to determine the causes of the plane crash.
"We regret this fact and express our condolences to the families and friends of the victims," concluded the official text of the Government of Paraguay.
Correspondent Sanie López Garelli contributed to this report from Asunción.