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  • It is not yet known with certainty if there were six or eight people on board.

    It is not yet known with certainty if there were six or eight people on board. | Photo: Twitter @GervoyAlcalde

Published 16 April 2019

The aircraft belonged to the airline services company Archipelagos and had taken off from La Paloma aerodrome, in Puerto Montt, bound for Chaitén.

At least six people died on Tuesday when the plane in which they were traveling crashed against two houses, one of which "was completely burned" in the city of Puerto Montt, in southern Chile, according to official sources.

The governor of the Los Lagos region, Harry Jürgensen indicated that the victims are "the pilot of the aircraft and five passengers", while Carabineros reported that "according to the control tower of the La Paloma aerodrome, the pilot and seven passengers were traveling", so it is not yet known with certainty if there were six or eight people on board.

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The plane crashed into two houses in a residential area of Puerto Montt, one of which was completely burned, but according to the first expert reports "there was no one inside," EFE news agency reported. The aircraft belonged to the airline services company Archipelagos and had taken off from La Paloma aerodrome, in Puerto Montt, bound for Chaitén, both locations in the Los Lagos region.

According to information shared by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGAC) on its Twitter account, an aircraft from the institution "is heading to the aerodrome with investigators on board to investigate the causes of the incident", the accident occurred shortly after the plane had taken off. 

Archipelagos offer charter flights to eight destinations in the regions of Los Lagos and Aysén, which are usually hired by fishing companies in the area to transport their employees.

In January another plane crashed near Villarrica, in southern Chile, two people were killed and two seriously injured.


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