Disagreement As To Number of Survivors In Thursday's
Peruvian police recovered the remains of 13 people killed in a
plane crash Thursday, including the three-man crew, in the
country's northeastern jungle, a regional official said.
The Defense Ministry said 20 people were traveling aboard the De
Havilland plane, but there were conflicting reports from police and
the ministry about the number of survivors, reported the Associated
Police said there are seven survivors, while the ministry
originally said eight. Defense Ministry officials were not
immediately available for comment Sunday.
The Defence Ministry had not yet released the passenger list or
an official report of the crash.
The government flight was part of the air force's civic action
flights, which connect small communities in the jungle not served
by commercial airliners, as originally reported by ANN.
The Twin Otter crashed in Peru's northeastern jungle in a
rainstorm, plowing into dense jungle an hour after takeoff.
Norman Lewis del Alcazar, vice president of the Loreto region,
said it was raining heavily when the flight left from Orellana. The
plane originated in Iquitos, the capital of Loreto.
The plane apparently was caught in a strong wind when it crashed
350 miles northeast of Lima, said Juan Montes, a police spokesman
in the jungle village Contamana, the flight's next scheduled
State news agency Andina reported that strong winds knocked down
trees and ripped the roofs off some homes in the area that day.
Ivan Vasquez, president of the Loreto region, where the
government-operated flight originated, told Lima radio station
Radioprogramas that rough terrain made recovering the bodies
"rather difficult." Officials found the twin-engine Twin Otter
aircraft in a low, jungle-covered mountain range.