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24 bodies recovered from Brazil plane crash

world Updated: Feb 08, 2009 18:58 IST
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Brazilian authorities say they have recovered the bodies of 24 people who were aboard a small plane that crashed in the Amazon jungle after an apparent engine malfunction. Firefighter Maj. Jair Ruas Braga says the bodies were found inside the twin turboprop plane which crashed in a river about 50 miles (80 kilometers) from the jungle town of Manaus. Braga says seven children were among the dead, which also included nine women and eight men. A 9-year-old child was among four people who survived the Saturday afternoon crash. Relatives of the survivors say an engine apparently malfunctioned just before the plane went down.

Braga said on Sunday the cause of the accident was under investigation.

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