Thursday, February 16, 2012

4 killed in plane crash in northern Brazil

RIO DE JANEIRO (Xinhua) -- A small plane crashed on Thursday in Cameta, northern Brazil's Para state, killing four people on board.

According to the local police, the Beechcraft Baron twin-engine plane, which belongs to air charter company Norte Jet, crashed minutes after taking off from the Cameta airport.

The plane, which had transported a shipment of money for a bank in Cameta, was returning to Para state's capital city Belem. The four people on board, including the pilot, the co-pilot and two security guards, died instantly after the crash.

The local Air Force office sent a team from the Aeronautical Accidents Investigation and Prevention Center (Cenipa) to investigate the causes of the accident.

It was the second accident with a twin-engine plane in Para state in a week. On Jan. 9, a plane carrying four people crashed on the Guaruja Bay, near the Belem airport, but no one was killed.

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