Argentina Plane Crash Kills 22

Including a baby
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted May 19, 2011 8:08 AM CDT
A turboprop twin-engine Saab 340, owned by Argentine airline Sol, prepares to land at Buenos Aires airport. A similar plane from the same airline, carrying 22 people, crashed and exploded.   (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

(Newser) – A Sol Airlines plane crashed and exploded in southern Argentina last night, killing all 22 people on board. Among the dead were three crew members and 19 passengers, including a baby, the airline tells the AP. "Unfortunately there are no survivors," said the director of the nearest hospital. "We see burnt remains, everything burned."

So far it's unknown what caused the crash; the plane sent an emergency communication at around 8:50pm local time, while flying from Neuquen to Comodoro Rivadavia, along the coast of Patagonia. It crashed on a rural property, whose owner rushed to the small town nearby to alert authorities.

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