Seven dead as tourist plane crashes near Peru’s Nazca lines: ministry



2022-02-05 03:08:32

The Cessna 207 single-engine plane belonging to the Aerosantos tourism firm got here down shortly after takeoff from the small airport of Maria Reiche in Nazca. AFP
  • Peru mentioned a small plane carrying seven individuals crashed, killing all on board. 
  • They have been on their approach to see Peru’s well-known Nazca strains. 
  • The plane, the Cessna 207 crashed quickly after it took off from a small airport of Maria Reiche in Nazca.

LIMA: 5 vacationers and two crew died Friday when their plane crashed on a visit to view Peru’s well-known Nazca strains, the transport ministry mentioned.

The Cessna 207 single-engine plane belonging to the Aerosantos tourism firm got here down shortly after takeoff from the small airport of Maria Reiche in Nazca round midday, it mentioned in an announcement.

There have been no survivors among the many seven on board, which a diplomatic supply advised AFP included two Chilean vacationers.

Dozens of planes function from the Maria Reiche airfield, flying vacationers — primarily foreigners — over the Nazca strains, a UNESCO World Heritage website.

The strains have been etched into the desert ground some 220 miles (350 kilometers) south of Lima between 500 BC and 500 AD, in keeping with UNESCO, and depict animals, vegetation, imaginary beings and geometric figures a number of kilometers lengthy.

They’re believed to have had ritual astronomical operate or to have served as a calendar. Most are solely seen from the sky.

In October 2010, 4 British vacationers and two Peruvian crew members have been killed when an AirNasca plane crashed over the strains.

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