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Mon, Jan 15, 2007

Eight Lost In Bolivian Cessna Crash

Officials Say Plane Suffered Mechanical Failure

A Bolivian air force plane transporting civilians following mudslides last week crashed Saturday, killing the eight people onboard.

A spokesman told the Associated Press the aircraft, identified as a Cessna Centurion in media reports, suffered a "mechanical failure" as it approached the airport in Tarija, 405 miles south of La Paz.

Lt. Col. Tito Gandarillas said the plane's pilots attempted an emergency landing in a field. The plane was enroute from the city of Bermejo, near the Argentine border.

The Cessna 210 Centurion is a six-place, single-piston engine aircraft.

FMI: www.scramble.nl/bo.htm

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