Two French journalists die in Brazil air crash

12th November 2004, Comments 0 comments

RIO DE JANEIRO, Nov 11 (AFP) - A seaplane plunged in the Amazon jungle's River Negro on Thursday killing all three occupants, a Brazilian pilot and two French journalists, a French official said.

RIO DE JANEIRO, Nov 11 (AFP) - A seaplane plunged in the Amazon jungle's River Negro on Thursday killing all three occupants, a Brazilian pilot and two French journalists, a French official said.

Nicolas Reynard, a Gamma agency photographer, and Joel Donnet, a photographer for National Geographic, died along with pilot Paulo Sergio de Miranda Correa when the plane crashed in the river near Manaus, the capital of Amazonas state in northern Brazil, said Daniel Rosenthal, the French honorary consul in Manaus.

Rosenthal said the plane had taken off and landed repeatedly to allow the photographers to shoot. "Suddenly, it was gone," he told AFP. "There was nothing left but the floats."

"The seaplane sank deep in the river where the waters are murky and divers took time finding the airplane, which broke in thousands of pieces," fire chief Franz Alcantara said.

Two bodies were recovered and rescuers were searching for the third victim, Alcantara said.

© AFP

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