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Small plane crashes in southern Colombia, one dead, one injured

03-15-2011 14:57 BJT

BOGOTA, March 14 (Xinhua) -- One person died and another was injured Monday when a small private plane crashed in the jungles of southern Colombia, aviation officials said.

The single-engine aircraft that provides services to private enterprise Ariari was covering the route between the town of El Retorno and San Jose del Guaviare, in the jungle province of Guaviare.

The Civil Aviation Authority said in a statement that the plane was found in a rural area known as Nueva Primavera, a few miles away from El Retorno.

The official report also said that after the plane took off from El Retorno, the pilot reported it was in emergency and then the contact with the crew was lost.

Aircraft of the Colombian Air Force conducted a search operation and found the crashed plane in the village of Nueva Primavera.

The Air Force said that the pilot of the ill-fated aircraft, Carlos Hernandez, died on the spot and investigations were being carried out to establish the cause of the incident. The injured passenger has been taken to a nearby hospital.

Editor:Yang Jie |Source: Xinhua

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