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Plane crash kills 11 in Brazil resort area

A TWIN-ENGINE plane crashed near a private airport in a northeastern coastal Brazil resort area on Friday night, killing all 11 people aboard, officials and state media said.

The plane crashed and exploded just short of Terravista Airport, a gateway for the exclusive Terravista golf and condominium resort in 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 rescue workers were on the scene, but could not confirm the deaths or explosion. He spoke on condition of anonymity in keeping with Air Force policy. The O Estado de S. Paulo newspaper's Website said eight passengers and three crew members were aboard.

The King Air model plane left a Sao Paulo airport at 6:31pm and crashed at 9:13pm, 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 accommodations. 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 runway that is illuminated for night landings and takeoffs, Terravista's Website said.


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