On the afternoon of 16 September (local time), a medium-sized plane carrying 12 tourists crashed, killing all passengers and two pilots. Some Brazilian media reported that US citizens were also among the dead.
The plane that crashed was a private commercial plane.
The scene of a plane crash in Amazonas state. Photo: Twitter
Mr. Edson de Paula Rodríguez Mendes – mayor of Barcelos, where the accident occurred, confirmed the incident. Newspaper mirror (UK) also said that the civil protection minister of Amazonas state (where the Amazon rainforest is located) confirmed the tragedy to reporters and said a response team had been dispatched.
Meanwhile, the Manaus Aerotaxi airline issued a statement confirming the accident and saying they were investigating. Manaus Aerotaxi did not provide details about casualties.
Manaus Aerotaxi said, “We respect the privacy of those involved at this difficult time and will be available to provide all necessary information and updates as the investigation progresses.”
The clip recording the scene was posted by the @choquei account, including the pilot and co-pilot. The air taxi-style plane was carrying American tourists.
Wilson Lima, a spokesman for the governor of Amazonas state, said the plane had taken off from Manaus and was heading to Marcellos, 400 km away. The area is very popular with tourists who enjoy fishing at this time of year.
It is said that the tragedy occurred when the plane tried to land in heavy rain. Page Portalt5.com It was reported that weather conditions were adverse and the pilot might have made a mistake.
The bodies of the victims were removed from the scene and taken to a local school as there was no cold storage in the area near the accident site.
On the morning of 17 September, a Brazilian Air Force plane would arrive in Barcelos to deliver the bodies to the victims’ families. Meanwhile, the Brazilian Air Force is also assisting in the investigation of the crash.
The Amazonas state governor’s office said heavy rains in the region were causing power and communication problems in many areas of the city.
On September 16, Italian Defense Minister Guido Crosetto said that one of the country’s military jets crashed during an exercise in the city of Turin, hitting a car carrying a family on vacation and killing a 5-year-old girl. Went.
The girl’s 9-year-old brother was seriously injured, while the parents and the plane’s pilot were not in danger of life, Italian news agency AGI reported.
An Italian military jet crashes during a training exercise in Turin. Photo: Reuters
Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini shared on Twitter that the accident was a “terrible tragedy”. He said that the pilot escaped from the plane through parachute. A video showed the pilot luckily escaping the plane, after which a huge fireball erupted near Turin airport. When the plane hit the ground, thick black smoke rose.
According to local Italian media, preliminary investigations have shown that the plane may have hit a flock of birds, one of which entered the engine and resulted in engine failure.