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14 Killed In Brazil's Barcelos Plane Crash

The plane ran out of landing strip and crashed, killing all 12 passengers and two crew members, while attempting to land in stormy weather in Brazil’s Barcelos.

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Fourteen people were killed when a plane crashed in the Brazilian Amazon while attempting to land in stormy weather in the popular tourist town of Barcelos.

The fatal incident occurred on Saturday, the reports quoting officials said.

“The small plane's pilot was approaching the town in heavy rain, with low visibility, and appeared to inadvertently start his landing mid-runway,” NDTV report mentioned.

It said the plane ran out of landing strip and crashed, killing all 12 passengers and two crew members.

The killed people have been identified from Brazil. 

The 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 was an EMB-110, a twin-engine turboprop manufactured by Brazilian aircraft-maker Embraer, the reports said.

The plane was on its way from the state capital, Manaus, to Barcelos, about a 90-minute flight.

The reports 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, the reports said.

Earlier, it was said that US nationals were on the plane, but preliminary investigations indicated all the victims were Brazilian.

Located on the Rio Negro, an Amazon tributary, Barcelos is bordered by several national parks and other protected areas.

The reports stated that this is peak season for fishing in the region, a popular spot for catching tropical river species such as the "tucunare," or peacock bass.
 

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