Aviation News

April 21, 2011

Small Plane Crash in Brazil Kills 7

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A small twin-engine aircraft crashed in northern Brazil Thursday afternoon, killing all seven people on board, officials said.

Manaus Brazil Piper PA-34 Seneca crash map

According to the Brazilian Company of Airport Infrastructure, the crash occurred at around 3 p.m. local time, shortly after the aircraft took off from the Eduardo Gomes International Airport, just west of Manaus, the capital of the state of Amazonas.

The twin-engine Piper PA-34 Seneca was operated by Amazonaves Air Taxi and was headed to Santarem, Brazil. Piloted by company owner Antonio Neto Picao, the small aircraft was carrying three men, three women, and a child, all of them from the same family.

The plane crashed near the airport’s runway and debris were scattered outside the airport area. Brazil’s Mobile Emergency Service and Fire Department teams arrived quickly at the scene. Following the accident, airport operations were suspended, and the crash scene was cordoned off as search and rescue teams continue to work.

The causes of the accident are still uncertain.