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Plane Carrying Miners Crashes in Peru Highlands, Killing Nine

March 06, 2013

A plane carrying workers headed to a gold mine in Peru’s northern Andes crashed, killing all nine people on board, a police official said.

The plane chartered by Minera Aurifera Retamas SA crashed five minutes before it was scheduled to touch down in Pataz, where the company operates a gold mine, Roger Torres, the police chief for the La Libertad region, told Lima-based news channel Canal N.

The plane, which belonged to Lima-based Aero Transportes SA and was carrying two Minera employees, five contractors and two pilots, collided with an overhead power line before crashing, according to Lima-based newspaper El Comercio.

“We’re committed to our people and we’re very hurt by what happened,” Roberto Lazo, a spokesman for the mine, told Canal N.

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