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
8 Killed in Bolivia Plane Crash
People try to extinguish the fire after the crash near the airport in Riveralta, Beni province, Bolivia.   (AP Photo/Bolivian Information Agency)

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. (Read more plane crash stories.)

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