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Thursday, May 19, 2011

Argentine plane crash kills 22

A small plane has crashed in southern Argentina, killing all 22 passengers and crew on board, officials say. The plane went down in the Patagonian province of Rio Negro, after issuing a distress call, the operating company Sol Airlines said.

Ambulances and firefighting units were sent to the scene of the crash.

"We have not found any living person. No survivors. Everything is charred in thousands of pieces," said Ismael Ali, director of the hospital in Los Menucos, who participated in the rescue operation.

The Company spokesman, Horacio Farre, confirmed that there are no survivors.

Locals told police that they saw a fireball when the plane crashed.

Further details were not immediately available.

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