2 dead as Canadian aircraft crashes in Andes

Last Updated: Tuesday, May 6, 2014 - 02:13

Bogota: Authorities on Monday said they have located a Canadian-registered aircraft that crashed high in the Andes in northeast Colombia. Two people aboard, both Canadians, were killed.

Rescue workers struggled over the weekend to reach the twin-engine Piper PA-31 Navajo because of poor visibility at the remote, high-altitude site about 225 kilometres where it crashed on Saturday.

It`s not clear what led to the accident involving the plane, whose registry matches one belonging to Regina, Saskatchewan-based Oracle Geoscience International, which provides aerial survey services to the mining industry.

Col. Carlos Silva, director of the Air Force command and control center, said the plane was seen from the air upside down on the ground.

The civil aviation authority identified the victims as Peter Moore, a co-founder of the company, and Ribeiro Neville, who was registered as the plane`s pilot.

PTI

First Published: Tuesday, May 6, 2014 - 02:13

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