14 Killed As Plane Crashes In Amazon Rainforest
New Delhi: Fourteen people were killed Saturday when a plane crashed in the Brazilian Amazon while attempting to land in stormy weather in the popular tourist town of Barcelos.
The small plane’s pilot was approaching the town in heavy rain, with low visibility, and appeared to inadvertently start his landing mid-runway, Amazonas state security secretary Vinicius Almeida told a news conference, according to AFP.
The plane ran out of landing strip and crashed, killing all 12 passengers and two crew, he said. Initial investigations indicated the passengers were all Brazilian men traveling to the region for sport fishing, the state government said in a statement.
“Our teams have been on the ground responding since the moment of the crash to provide the necessary support,” Governor Wilson Lima wrote on X,
“My solidarity and prayers to the victims’ family and friends.”
Media reports showed the small white plane belly-down on a dirt track, its front end crumpled into the dense vegetation to the side. The plane, an EMB-110, a twin-engine turboprop manufactured by Brazilian aircraft-maker Embraer, was on its way from the state capital, Manaus, to Barcelos, about a 90-minute flight.
Officials said two aircraft approaching Barcelos around the same time had to turn back to Manaus because of the weather.
The Brazilian Air Force and police will investigate the crash, authorities said.
Initial news reports had said US nationals were believed to be on the plane, but Amazonas officials said preliminary investigations indicated all the victims were Brazilian.