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13 feared dead in Peru helicopter crash

08 April 2013, 15:14

Lima - A helicopter with 13 people aboard, headed to a Perenco oil production facility, crashed into a jungle in north-eastern Peru on Sunday, and there were no signs of survivors, the company said.

"The [Peruvian] armed forces are in the area of the events, and two additional helicopters are taking part in the search and rescue operation. So far, no survivors have been found," said a statement released in Lima from the Anglo-French firm.

The ill-fated chopper was carrying a four-member flight crew and nine oil workers, the company said, noting that all 13 were Peruvian.

The Russian-made MI-8 plummeted to ground near the Curaray and Arabela Rivers in Loreto, local media reported.



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