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Four dead after Cessna 172 Skyhawk II crashes in Chile

By Andrew V. Pestano
Four dead after Cessna 172 Skyhawk II crashes in Chile
A single-propeller Cessna 172 Skyhawk II plane crashed on Sunday in Chile, killing four people. Photo courtesy of Fifth Company Coquimbo Fire Department

TIRúA, Chile, Jan. 9 (UPI) -- Four people died near the Lequecahue Aerodrome near Chile's town of Tirúa in the Bío Bío region after a single-propeller Cessna 172 Skyhawk II plane crashed, local officials said.

The plane was traveling inland from Chile's offshore Mocha Island to Tirúa, which is a 25-minute flight. La Nación identified the victims, who were residents of the island, as pilot Boris Schultz Faundez, and his friends Franklin Mota, Leticia Guzmán Pincheira and Gilberto Varela Guzmán.

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Officials have launched an investigation. Preliminary reports said the plane crashed after failed attempts to land.

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