Bolivia: 6 killed as small plane crashes in Santa Rosa region

  • AP, La Paz, Bolivia
  • Updated: Jul 18, 2016 00:51 IST

A small plane piloted by a former Bolivian senator has crashed while trying to land, killing all six people aboard.

The chief of the airport in the city of Trinidad says Roberto Yanez was trying to land as strong winds gusted across the town of Santa Rosa in a jungle region of eastern Bolivia.

David Pedraza says the Cessna crashed Saturday a half-kilometer (about 500 yards) short of the runway.

The plane was carrying a Bolivian family that has been living in Spain. Two children are among the dead.

Yanez was a prominent rancher and was in Bolivia’s Senate for several years.

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