Toll from Chile’s plane crash rises to 11February 29th, 2008 - 12:29 am ICT by admin
Santiago, Feb 28 (Xinhua) The toll from a plane crash in Chile’s capital rose to 11 after three more bodies were found under the aircraft’s fuselage. The police aircraft, Cessna Centurion 210, crashed Wednesday in a crowded area in Santiago, killing all six people on board and five others in the crash site.
Three more bodies were recovered later from the Penalolen Municipal Stadium by the rescue team, where the plane crashed.
Around 25 people were also injured in the incident. Nine of the victims are in serious condition.
The aircraft was heading towards Tobalaba airport in southeast Santiago at the time of the incident.
Investigations revealed that the pilot was trying to make an emergency landing after a motor failure.
According to airport sources, the plane took off at 9.45 a.m. local time for a training flight in an authorised zone, but the control tower lost contact with the plane three minutes after its takeoff.
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