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14 Dead in Plane Crash In Amazon Rainforest


Twelve passengers and two crew members tragically lost their lives in a devastating plane accident, as announced by Governor Wilson Lima via social media platform X (formerly known as Twitter). The incident occurred in the Brazilian Amazon, specifically in the picturesque tourist town of Barcelos, where a plane crashed while attempting to land in severe weather conditions.


The aircraft's pilot was navigating through heavy rain and low visibility when, unfortunately, the plane seemed to initiate its landing prematurely, straying off the runway. This resulted in a tragic crash that claimed the lives of all 12 passengers and two crew members, according to Vinicius Almeida, the secretary of Amazonas state security, who addressed the media during a press conference.


Initial investigations suggest that all the passengers were Brazilian men traveling to the region for sport fishing, as stated by the state government. Governor Wilson Lima expressed his condolences and support for the victims' families on social media, noting that response teams had been on-site since the moment of the crash.


Media reports depicted the small white aircraft upside down on a dirt track, with its front end deeply embedded in the dense vegetation on the side.


The ill-fated plane was identified as an EMB-110, a twin-engine turboprop manufactured by Brazilian aviation company Embraer. It was en route from the state capital, Manaus, to Barcelos, a flight lasting approximately 90 minutes.


Officials revealed that adverse weather conditions forced two other aircraft attempting to reach Barcelos to return to Manaus.


Authorities stated that both the Brazilian air force and local police would conduct a thorough investigation into the crash. Initial reports had hinted at the presence of US nationals on board, but Amazonas officials clarified that preliminary findings indicated all victims were Brazilian.


The bodies of the victims will be transported to the state capital for identification, with travel on the same day being impossible due to night-time flight restrictions in the region. An air force aircraft is scheduled to depart from Manaus the following morning, carrying investigators and emergency personnel. The goal is to bring the bodies to Manaus promptly, proceed with forensic examinations, and then release them to their grieving families.


Situated along the Rio Negro, an Amazon tributary, Barcelos boasts a stunning natural landscape, surrounded by various national parks and protected areas.

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