Wednesday, July 13, 2011

At Least 16 Dead in Brazil Plane Crash

[Photo: An L-410]

A Czech-built L-410 commuter plane crashed after takeoff from the northeastern Brazilian city of Recife, and at least 16 are dead. Here's the AP report.

The plane, flown by a Brazil airline, Noar Linhas Aereas has a capacity of 19 passengers and two crew.

This model of plane has been notable for fatal accidents worldwide in third-world countries over the years, including four crashes in Latin America. On September 10, 2001, a L-410 carrying 19 people, including University of Washington football fans and alumni association members, crashed into the jungle in Yucat√°n, Mexico, killing all on board. That disaster, of course, was largely overlooked in the media because of what occurred the very next day, which was 9/11.

One bizarre recent major L-410 crash (here) was in the very-dangerous-to-fly-in Congo, last Aug. 25. According to the single survivor, the L-410 crash occurred after a crocodile escaped from a duffel bag in the cabin and passengers stampeded to the front, throwing the plane off balance.

The most recent major crash was last February, when an L-410 operated by Central American Airways carrying 12 passengers and 2 crew members, crashed before landing at Toncontín International Airport. All passengers and crew were killed, according to the Wikipedia entry on the aircraft.

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