Plane crash in Brazil's Amazon state leaves 14 dead
Updated 11:44, 17-Sep-2023

A small plane crash on Saturday in Amazonas state in northern Brazil has left 14 people dead, the state's governor said.

The accident took place in Barcelos, some 400 kilometers from the state capital, Manaus. It was reported the pilot had trouble finding the runway for landing in Barcelos, a sport fishing destination, in stormy weather.

The plane ran out of landing strip and crashed, killing all 12 passengers and two crew. Amazonas Governor Wilson Lima said that according to preliminary investigations, the passengers were Brazilian tourists who were going on a fishing trip.

The Brazilian air force and police will investigate the crash, authorities said.

The plane was an EMB-110, a twin-engine turboprop manufactured by Brazilian aircraft-maker Embraer. It was on its way from Manaus to Barcelos, about a 90-minute flight. 

Officials said two aircraft approaching Barcelos around the same time had to turn back to Manaus because of the weather. 

(With input from agencies)

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