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6 people killed in plane crash near Peru's Nazca Lines

By the CNN Wire Staff
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • The Nazca Lines, images carved into the desert floor, are a top tourist spot
  • Among the dead are four British tourists
  • The Peruvian pilot and co-pilot are also dead

(CNN) -- Four British tourists and two Peruvians were killed when their plane crashed near Peru's famous Nazca Lines, the state news agency reported police said Saturday.

The Nazca Lines are a series of massive geoglyphs that were carved in the desert floor some 2,000 years ago. They are best seen from the air. Made by the Nazca culture, the geoglyphs include animal shapes and geometric patterns.

The plane took off around 4 p.m., the Andina news agency reported.

Firefighters and police are currently working to recover the bodies from the plane, which went down because of mechanical failures in the motor, it said, citing Alfredo Coronel, the area police chief.

A similar crash in February killed six tourists and the pilot. In 2008, five French tourists were killed when their plane went down near the Nazca Lines.