A small plane crashed in the city of Barcelos, in the interior of Amazonas, on Saturday afternoon (17). All 14 people on board the aircraft died: 12 passengers and two crew members.
The plane left Manaus, capital of Amazonas, and was destined for the city of Barcelos. The passengers were tourists who were going to participate in a sport fishing activity in the city. The cause of the accident is still being investigated.
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Information that is still being checked by authorities points to bad weather as a possible cause of the accident. The case is being investigated by the Civil Police and the Brazilian Air Force (FAB), through the National Accident Investigation Center (Cenipa)
The bodies of the victims are on the court of a municipal school in Barcelos and should be transferred to Manaus this Sunday (17) by the FAB.
The plane was an Embraer EMB 110 Bandeirante. It had the capacity to carry up to 18 passengers. According to residents who were at the scene of the accident, the aircraft was also loaded with fishing materials.
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According to the National Civil Aviation Agency (Anac), the aircraft was ready for flight. Barcelos city hall confirmed that the airstrip was in good condition and capable of receiving small flights.
Barcelos, the city where the accident occurred, is 400km from Manaus and is recognized for tourism, especially sport fishing.
Editing: Thalita Pires