8 Killed in Bolivia Plane Crash

Turboprop tried to land in rough weather

By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff

Posted Nov 4, 2013 1:33 AM CST

(Newser) – Eight passengers were killed and the other 10 people on board were injured when a small plane crashed while trying to land in heavy wind and rain in northern Bolivia. The pilot and copilot were seriously hurt when the turboprop crashed in the town of Riberalta near the Brazilian border, reports Reuters. President Evo Morales has ordered "a deep investigation" into the accident and "drastic sanctions" on the local airline, Aerocon. An airline spokesman says the plane had technical problems that caused it to catch fire when landing.

People try to extinguish the fire after the crash near the airport in Riveralta, Beni province, Bolivia.
People try to extinguish the fire after the crash near the airport in Riveralta, Beni province, Bolivia.   (AP Photo/Bolivian Information Agency)
The Aerocon plane burns after crashing at the airport in Riveralta, Beni province, Bolivia.
The Aerocon plane burns after crashing at the airport in Riveralta, Beni province, Bolivia.   (AP Photo/Bolivian Information Agency)
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