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Airplane crash survivors rescued

October 31, 2009|Times Wire Reports

Nine people survived a crash landing on a river in Brazil's Amazon rain forest after an indigenous tribe alerted authorities, who dispatched rescuers, the government said.

The small military plane was carrying four crew members and seven health officials on a vaccination campaign in remote areas. One person is presumed dead and another missing after setting out for help. The C-98 Cessna landed on the Itui river, a tributary to the Javari river, in the far western Amazon region. It was not immediately clear what caused the crash.

Members of the Matis tribe spotted the wreckage and notified local authorities. The site is close to where Brazil, Colombia and Peru meet.

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