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 stated.
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 stated in an announcement.
There have been no survivors among the many seven on board, which a diplomatic supply informed 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 web site.
The strains had been etched into the desert flooring some 220 miles (350 kilometers) south of Lima between 500 BC and 500 AD, in line 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 had been killed when an AirNasca plane crashed over the strains.