14 Dead in Peru Mountain 'Copter Crash

Wreckage, bodies found at 16K feet
By Mark Russell,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 10, 2012 7:10 AM CDT
On a rocky mountain lays what officials say is debris from the wreckage of a helicopter in the department of Cuzco, Peru, yesterday.   (AP Photo)

(Newser) – The crashed remains of a helicopter that had gone missing was found yesterday in Peru, 16,000 feet up a mountain, reports the BBC. All 14 on board are dead. The helicopter, which went missing after leaving the western Amazon on Wednesday, apparently "crashed and exploded," says a police commander on the scene. "Everyone died in the initial impact because everything is burned and scattered." The helicopter was carrying mostly South Korean businessmen who were looking at a potential hydro-electric project, as well as a Dutch citizen, a Czech, a Swede, and a Peruvian. (Read more Peru stories.)

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