Fri, Apr 04, 2008
Plane Crashes In Remote Mining Region
Authorities believe all 19 people onboard a Russian-made Antonov
An-28 turboprop were lost Thursday, when their twin-engine plane
crashed in a remote gold mining region in southern Surinam.
Surinam aviation chief John Veira told Reuters 17 passengers and
two crewmembers were onboard the aircraft, which was believed to be
ferrying mine workers from from Paramaribo to the Benzdorp region
of the small South American country.
"There is nothing to rescue, everything has gone up in flames,"
one miner in the area told local radio station Radio Apintie.
Little is known at this time of the circumstances surrounding
the crash, including what the reported weather conditions were at
the time of the accident.
According to media reports, the plane was operated by Blue Wing
Airlines, a six-year-old charter carrier. At one time, concerns
about Blue Wings' safety standards prompted neighboring French
Guiana to ban flights into that country, although those
restrictions were lifted in 2007.
Blue Wing operates a 10-plane fleet, comprised of An-28s and
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