11 Dead in Brazil Plane Crash

SAO PAULO (AP) - A twin-engine plane crashed near a private
airport in a northeastern coastal Brazil resort area Friday night,
killing all 11 people aboard, officials and state media said.

The plane crashed and exploded just short of the Terravista
Airport, the gateway for well-heeled guests arriving at the
exclusive Terravista golf and condominium resort in the town of
Trancoso, according to the state-run Agencia Brasil news agency. It
said all 11 people on board the plane were killed.

An Air Force spokesman confirmed the crash near the airport and
said that rescue workers were on the scene, but could not
immediately confirm any deaths or the explosion. He spoke on
condition of anonymity in keeping with Air Force policy.

The Web site of the O Estado de S. Paulo newspaper said that
eight passengers and three crew members were aboard.

The King Air model plane left a Sao Paulo airport at 6:31 p.m.
and crashed at 9:13 p.m., the air force spokesman said. The cause
was not known, and investigators were heading to the scene, the
spokesman said.

Trancoso and its resorts are among Brazil's most famous because
of the area's pristine beaches, year-round balmy climate and luxury
accomodations. The destination is a getaway for rich Brazilians and
foreigners.

The Terravista complex and its golf course lie next to a Club
Med resort, and the airport boasts a 1,500-meter (4,921-foot)
runway that is illuminated for night landings and takeoffs,
Terravista's Web site said.


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