Four British, two Peruvians killed in small plane crash

3rd October 2010, Comments 0 comments

Four British tourists and two Peruvian crew members were killed Saturday when the tiny aircraft they were flying in to see the famous Nazca lines from above crashed south of Lima, police told AFP.

"All of those who were aboard are dead. The plane crashed after taking off" from the local Maria Reiche airport, said a police official in Nazca, 460 km (285 miles) south of Lima.

The accident took place at 2215 GMT, when the aircraft slammed into a field where it apparently tried to make an emergency landing near the famous tourist attraction, the official added.

These crashes are fairly common in the area where many private pilots offer -- sometimes with iffy safety records -- overflights of the famous lines traced in the earth some 2,500 years ago by a pre-Inca civilization, and which are really best seen from above.

In February, four Peruvians and three Chileans died in a similar crash over the lines, which are outlines of images including animals such as monkeys, birds and spiders.

Five French tourists were killed in April 2008 when the plane they were traveling in went down near the Nazca lines, prompting the French government to issue a warning. Peru called it an overreaction.

© 2010 AFP

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