6 killed in air force plane crash in Amazon jungle

  |  Sunday, October 10th, 2021 |  10:19 am
       

A Bolivian air force plane crashed in the Amazon jungle in northeast Bolivia on Saturday, killing all six people on board.

Two military pilots and four civilian passengers died, according to a police report from the Beni region, where the crash occurred, Police said.

The plane caught fire after crashing in thick vegetation, and residents from the nearby Agua Dulce community helped to extinguish the flames.

“All the passengers and crew perished in the incident,” he said, adding that the cause of the crash is under investigation, reports AP.

According to the police, the aircraft was carrying four officials from the Ministry of Health’s National Dengue-Chikungunya Program.

The deputy minister of Promotion, Epidemiological Surveillance, and Traditional Medicine at the Ministry of Health, Maria Renee Castro, wrote on Twitter: “We regret to announce

that the plane that was transporting the team of the Ministry of Health from Riberalta to Cobija has suffered an accident.

Our colleagues were conducting an evaluation for malaria, fulfilling a very important function for the country.”

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