24 killed in Brazil plane crash

February 9th, 2009 - 2:45 am ICT by IANS  

Rio de Janeiro, Feb 9 (IANS) Twenty-four people were killed when the aircraft in which they were travelling crashed into a river in Brazil’s Amazon region, EFE reported Sunday.
The plane, with 28 people onboard, was on its way from Coari town to Amazon’s largest city of Manaus when it crashed into the Manacapuru River Saturday, the report said. Emergency officials have rescued four people.

Officials said bad weather might be the cause of the accident. Air traffic controllers had lost contact with the pilot before the accident.

According to aviation officials, the pilot told the air traffic controllers in Manaus just before the accident that the aircraft was having a mechanical problem and he would try to make an emergency landing in a nearby area.

Currently, the cause of the accident is being investigated.

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