Sao Paulo, Brazil (Reuters) —
A plane crashed in Brazil’s northern Amazon state on Saturday (16/9) killing all 14 people on board, the state’s governor said.
The accident occurred in Barcelos province, which is about 400 kilometers from Manus, the state capital.
“I deeply regret the death of the 12 passengers and two crew members who were victims of the plane crash in Barcelos on Saturday,” said the governor of the Amazon state, Wilson Lima, via the X platform, previously known as Twitter.
“Our team has been working from the start to provide the necessary support. I convey my sympathy and prayers to the victim’s family and friends.”
Manaus airline Aerotaxi issued a statement confirming that an accident had occurred and that it was investigating the incident. However, the airline did not provide details about the dead or injured.
“We ask for respect for the privacy of those involved at this difficult time and will be available to provide all necessary information and updates as the investigation progresses,” the airline said in a statement.
A number of media reported that a number of United States (US) citizens were among the dead. Reuters could not confirm the veracity of these reports. (ft/ah)