Bolivia: At least 8 dead, others injured, in Amazon plane crash – 041113 1030z

An Aerocon turboprop with 18 people on board crashed Sunday in northern Bolivia, killing eight and leaving the other 10 people injured, the airline said.

Aerocon spokesman Nelson Kinn said that the plane had technical issues that led to the plane catching fire on landing in the small city of Riberalta near the Brazilian border, where the Madre de Dios River joins the Beni River.

There were 16 passengers and two crew on board the Fairchild Metro 23 aircraft. “As they were landing, on touchdown, the plane had some kind of problem that led to fire. The people who died sustained multiple injuries and burns,” Kinn said. Authorities were investigating the causes of the tragedy.

Monday, 04 November, 2013 at 04:27 (04:27 AM) UTC RSOE

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Deaths in Bolivia aircraft crash

Jet crashes while trying to land during bad weather in the northern part of the country, killing eight.

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“A spokesman for the airline said the plane had technical issues that led to it catching fire while landing [Reuters]

An aircraft carrying 18 people has crashed while trying to land during bad weather in the north of Bolivia, killingeight passengers and injuring the others on board.

Heavy rain was falling as the small turboprop plane operated by local airline Aerocon tried to land in Riberalta, near the Brazilian border, according to witnesses.

Aerocon spokesman Nelson Kinn said that the plane had technical issues that led to the plane catching fire on landing.

“As they were landing, on touchdown, the plane had some kind of problem that led to fire. The people who died sustained multiple injuries and burns,” Kinn told AFP news agency.

“[There were] 16 passengers and the pilot and co-pilot, of whom 10 survived and 8 died,” director of the Riberalta hospital, Jose Luis Pereira, told the Reuters news agency.

“The pilot and the co-pilot are in the gravest situation … Seven [bodies] are [so] charred, we can’t identify them.”

President Evo Morales said he had ordered “a deep investigation” into the accident and “drastic sanctions on the company”. ” – Al Jazeera

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An aeroplane has crashed in Bolivia’s northern Amazon region, killing at least eight of the 18 people on board.

The pilot and the co-pilot have survived but are in a serious condition.

The turboprop plane caught fire as it landed at around 16:00 local time (20:00 GMT) in the remote town of Riberalta, near the border with Brazil.

 

Bolivia: Bus carrying 60 plunges 150m/492ft into ravine, 18 killed, 37 injured – Published 10 June 2012

A passenger bus carrying mostly students fell off a narrow mountain road in western Bolivia on Thursday, killing eighteen people and injuring many more, local authorities said on Saturday. The road is often referred to as the world’s most dangerous.

Reuters video of crash scene

The accident happened at around 3:30 p.m. local time on Thursday in La Paz province on the North Yungas Road, which is better known as the ‘Highway of Death’. The bus was traveling from the town of Irupana to the capital La Paz to participate in an inter-school sporting evening

A list of casualties released on Saturday showed eighteen people were killed, including 25-year-old bus driver Miguel Aliaga, 24-year-old support bus driver Cruz Aliaga Benique and at least four teenagers. Another 33 people aged between 2 and 51 were injured, some critically.

Police said the accident happened on a narrow dirt road when the passenger bus, which was operated by Trans Arenas and was also carrying regular passengers, suddenly tried to avoid an oncoming taxi. “A taxi came in front of us and our bus gave way, but it seems it went too far to the edge and fell,” one of the injured victims told local media.

Photos and videos from the scene showed most of the vehicle, which fell some 150 meters (490 feet), was destroyed and several bodies could be seen around the wreckage. Officials said many of the passengers were ejected from the vehicle while others were crushed by the bus, which was carrying around 60 people.

The North Yungas Road, more than 40 miles (65 kilometers) long, is infamously known as one of the most dangerous roads in the world due to its narrow dirt roads. The road, which is a major route for trucks and buses, is just three meters (9.8 feet) wide in many places. Many vehicles fall off the edge when attempting to overtake oncoming vehicles.

According to official figures, at least 42 people were killed on the road in 2011, but it is believed the actual figure is in the hundreds. Emergency services do usually not respond to accidents along the road unless it involves many casualties, and even then they are slow to respond as mobile phones do not work in the area. – Blottr

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At least 16 people were killed and 32 others injured when a bus plunged into a ravine on the highway that links La Paz to Bolivias northern Amazon region, police and medical personnel said.

The accident happened on Thursday afternoon near Unduavi, a town about 46 kilometers (28 miles) from La Paz, when the bus went off the road and fell 120 meters (393 feet) to the bottom of the ravine, highway patrol chief Victorino Torrez told reporters.

We have more than 16 dead, the highway patrol and the Bersa rescue team are working to recover the bodies, Torrez said.

La Pazs Arco Iris Hospital received 32 accident victims, with several listed in critical condition, hospital spokesman Dr. Fernando Arispe said.

The bus was carrying a group of students from Chicaloma, a town in Sud Yungas province, who were going to take part in a sports event in La Paz.

The government has been trying for years to reduce the number of traffic accidents in Bolivia.

President Evo Moraless administration enacted a law in January 2010 that cracked down on bus drivers caught working drunk, inexperienced drivers and drivers who work excessive hours.

The measures goal is to reduce accidents, which kill an average of 1,000 people annually, according to International Automobile Federation figures, in this Andean nation. – hispanicallyspeakingnews.com

At least 16 youngsters were killed and 32 injured when their bus plunged into a 400ft ravine north of Bolivia’s capital La Paz on the way to a school sports event.

Transit police chief Victorino Torres said the death toll could rise because rescuers were still searching the wreckage in the Acero Marka district.

Mr Torres said the students were aged 16-18 and were travelling to La Paz to compete in an inter-school sports competition.

He did not say what caused the accident, but survivors said the driver tried to let another bus pass on the narrow road, then went into the ravine.

Hospital official Fernando Arispe said some of the 32 injured were in a “very serious” condition. – Virgin Media

A bus crashed in Bolivia, killing 18 people and injuring 41 others, officials said.

The accident happened around 3 p.m. Thursday near Unduavi, El Diario, of La Paz, Bolivia, reported.

The bus, owned by Eugene Arenas Aliaga Irupana, was heading to Entre Rios when it veered off the road and plunged 393 feet off a cliff, making it difficult for rescuers to reach the occupants immediately, the report said.

What caused the bus to veer off the road was not reported.

Many of the 18 who died were young people between the ages of 15 and 17 from the Education Unit of Chicaloma, officials said,

Those injured were brought to a hospital where doctors said at least two were in critical condition. – UPI