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16 dead in Brazil plane crash

By the CNN Wire Staff
  • The pilot reported an emergency after take-off
  • An emergency landing was not successful, authorities said

(CNN) -- Sixteen people were killed in a plane crash Wednesday morning in Recife, Brazil, the country's air force said.

The twin engine Let L-410 aircraft, operated by Noar Airlines, took off from the Recife airport at about 6:50 a.m. (5:50 a.m. ET), the Brazilian air force said in a statement.

Upon take-off, the pilot reported an emergency and told authorities he would try to land on Boa Viagem beach. The plane crashed in a barren area between two neighborhoods near the beach, authorities said.

All 16 people on board the aircraft were killed, the air force said.