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Plane crashes in Chile killing pilot, 5 tourists

The tourists hired the private plane to visit the nearby San Rafael lake, a top tourist attraction.

india Updated: Nov 25, 2006 08:38 IST

A twin-engine plane crashed in southern Chile, killing the Chilean pilot and all five Brazilian tourists aboard, authorities reported.

The mid-afternoon crash occurred on Friday near the city of Coihaique, about 2,100 kilometers south of the capital of Santiago, the government's emergency bureau said.

The tourists had hired the private plane to visit the nearby San Rafael lake, a top tourist attraction, according to the bureau.

There were strong winds in the area at the time of the crash, but the cause of the accident was still under investigation.

Police rescue patrols were sent to crash site to recover the victims' bodies, the bureau said.