RIO DE JANEIRO — A Brazilian air force cargo plane plunged into the Atlantic off northeastern Brazil, and rescuers said Tuesday that all 29 people aboard are presumed dead.
The coast guard pulled wreckage and body fragments from the sea about nine miles from the island territory of Fernando de Noronha after the crash late Monday night, an air force spokesman, Col. Eden Asvol-Insque, said.
The U.S.-made C-130 Hercules plane was carrying construction materials, medicines and food supplies from the northeastern city of Recife to the island community, Asvol-Insque said. He said a crew of six and 23 passengers were on the plane when it plunged into the ocean shortly before it was due to land. The cause of the crash was not known, he added.