BARCELOS- The compact Embraer propeller plane was approaching the end of its 400-kilometer (248-mile) journey from Manaus, the capital of Amazonas state in Brazil, to the secluded jungle settlement of Barcelos when it experienced a crash.
Authorities reported that the crash resulted in the tragic loss of all individuals on board, comprising 12 passengers and two crew members.
Embraer Plane Crash in Brazil
An inquiry has been initiated to determine the underlying reasons behind this incident.
Vinicius Almeida, the security secretary of Amazonas state, indicated that preliminary information indicated the plane’s crash was potentially due to running out of runway as it descended into Barcelos during adverse weather conditions characterized by heavy rain and poor visibility.
Brazilian news outlet G1 revealed that the aircraft in question is identified as an EMB-110, a twin-engine turboprop produced by the Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Embraer.
G1 also reported that Manaus Aerotáxi, the owner of the plane, asserted that both the aircraft and its crew complied with all the necessary prerequisites for air travel.
Amazonas Governor Wilson Lima shared on X (formerly Twitter) in the aftermath of the crash, stating, “Our teams have been actively on the ground since the moment of the accident, providing essential assistance. I extend my sympathies and prayers to the families and friends of the victims.”
Edson de Paula Rodrigues Mendes, the mayor of Barcelos, informed CNN that the plane had been chartered by a local businessman specializing in game fishing. Mr. Mendes further explained that the passengers were friends from different regions of Brazil who shared an interest in the sport.
Authorities indicated that the bodies of the victims would be transported to Manaus for official identification.
Barcelos is a well-frequented tourist spot due to its proximity to several national parks.
September marks the commencement of the prime fishing season in Amazonas. The state is renowned for its diverse range of ornamental fish, including the tucunaré, commonly called the peacock bass.
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