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Plane crashes in jungle; 16 missing

February 08, 2009|Times Wire Reports

A small plane headed to the jungle city of Manaus crashed in Brazil's Amazon with at least 20 people on board, and at least 16 were missing and feared dead, officials said.

Four people survived, and news media reported that divers had found six bodies by nightfall.

The plane was on an air taxi run, ferrying passengers between cities in the thick jungle, when it crashed in the Manacapuru River about 50 miles southwest of Manaus, the capital of Amazonas state, a state government spokesman said.

Survivors told authorities they saw one of the plane's engines stop, Daniel Guedes, a police official in the city of Manacapuru near the crash site, told the Internet news portal Terra.

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