Tuesday, 5 November 2013

Eight killed, many injured in Bolivian plane crash

A Bolivian plane has crashed in the north of the Andean country, killing eight people and injuring 10 others onboard, a media report says.

The Fairchild Swearingen Metroliner aircraft operated by local carrier Aerocon caught fire when it tried to land in Riberalta in Bolivia’s Beni Department, near the Brazilian border, due to heavy rain on Sunday, Reuters reported.

“(There were) 16 passengers and the pilot and co-pilot, of whom 10 survived and eight died,” the director of the Riberalta hospital, Jose Luis Pereira, told reporters, adding, “The pilot and the co-pilot are in the gravest situation.... Seven (bodies) are (so) charred, we can't identify them.”

The small turboprop plane was carrying 18 people onboard when it departed from Beni’s capital city of Trinidad.

The Bolivian airline reported technical problems were to blame.

Bolivian President Evo Morales ordered “a deep investigation” into the accident and “drastic sanctions on the company.”

The latest incident follows another plane crash in the central South American country, when in 2011 four anti-drug UN workers and two Bolivian military pilots were killed after their plane crashed into a tree in a forest in western Bolivia.

Tuesday 5 November 2013



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