Light plane crash in Peru over the Nazca Lines kills five tourists and two crew

An aerial view of the Parrot Nazca Lines in the Nazca desert September 7, 2010. These ancient geoglyphs, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, are a series of enigmatic shapes and lines and stylized figures of animals carved into the desert about 2,000 years ago by the Nazca culture. . REUTERS/Enrique Castro-Mendivil/File Photo

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LIMA, Feb 4 (Reuters) – At least seven people have died when a light plane crashed during a flight over Peru’s Nazca Lines archaeological site, local police and the government said on Friday. national.

Local police said the deceased included three Dutch tourists, two Chilean tourists and two Peruvian crew members.

The Ministry of Transport and Communications said in a statement that the Cessna 207 plane crashed near Maria Reiche Airport in the city of Nazca.

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“As a result of the accident, there were no survivors,” he added, adding that the cause of the accident was under investigation.

Nazca Police Chief Commander Edgar Espinoza told reporters the plane apparently caught fire after hitting the ground.

The Nazca Lines, one of Peru’s most popular tourist attractions, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site home to hundreds of gigantic geoglyphs dating back over 2,000 years, showing figures including a hummingbird, a monkey , a spider, a pelican and a whale.

The 400 square kilometer (250 sq mi) protected region, which lies about 450 km south of the capital Lima between the towns of Nazca and Palpa, is often seen by tourists from the sky to get the best view of the huge ancient figures.

Reuters could not immediately reach the Chilean and Dutch embassies in Peru for comment.

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Reporting by Marco Aquino and Carolina Pulice, editing by Rosalba O’Brien

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