Plane Crashes into Río de la Plata, 5 dead

Wednesday, May 28, 2014
By George Hatcher

plane crashFive people were killed after a BE020 plane crashed into the river Río de la Plata, which marks the border between Uruguay and Argentina, on May 27.

The incident happened after the aircraft flew from the Buenos Aires in San Fernando, Argentina, and was on its way to Carmelo, in Uruguay.

Five out of the nine passengers on board died; four of them were rescued and airlifted to hospitals in Buenos Aires and Uruguay. All of the passengers were from Argentina.

The dead have been identified as the pilot Leandro Larriera and passengers Fernando Sánchez, Facundo Alecha, Fernando Lonigro and Gustavo Fosco. Fosco was the communications director, while Fernando Sánchez was the press officer at the renowned car-manufacturing company, Renault.

Those who survived the crash include: Sebastián Vivona, Santiago Villamil, Paula Silvana Buery and Ignacio Javier Losa.

The plane was owned by Argentine textile businessman Federico Bonomi but he was not on board.

According to Uruguayan Navy spokesman Gastón Jaunsolo, the accident happened due to a fault in the plane and the passengers raised the alarm after they discovered the malfunction.

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