16 missing after plane crashed into Brazilian river

February 8th, 2009 - 11:40 am ICT by IANS  

Brasilia, Feb 8 (Xinhua) A small airplane with about 20 people aboard crashed into a tributary of the Amazon River, in northwestern Brazil Saturday, leaving four survived and the others missing, reported local media.
Four people, including a child, survived the crash, confirmed the local Fire Department.

According to Aerotaxi Manaus, the company that owns the aircraft, there were 24 people aboard, including 18 adults, four children and two crew members.

But the Brazilian Air Force (BAF) said that before the accident, a pilot reported that there were 20 people aboard, including passengers and crew members.

The plane flew out of Coari at 12:38 p.m. in Amazonas state, to Manaus, capital city of the same Brazilian state, but crashed into the Manacapuru river one hour later.

A plane of the BAF was sent to the site to assist in searches and an investigation was launched to identify the cause of the accident.

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