Six people have died, including four Spaniards, in the accident of a twin-engine plane of the Bolivian Army that took place this Saturday during a humanitarian repatriation flight near the Bolivian city of Trinidad.
As reported by the Bolivian Air Force (BAV) in a statement, among the deceased are two soldiers and four Spanish passengers who were to be repatriated in a plane that was heading to the city of Santa Cruz.
The plane reported a failure
“The aircraft suffered an accident while transporting Spanish citizens for repatriation and Covid-19 samples, on the Trinidad-Santa Cruz route. Unfortunately all the crew on board lost their lives“They have indicated in the statement.
The regional director of the Administration of Airports and Auxiliary Services to Air Navigation of Bolivia, David Pedraza, has explained that one of the passengers has died while being transferred to the hospital, while the rest died on the spot, according to the Bolivian News Agency (ABI).
The accident happened shortly after the military plane took off from the city of Trinidad, in an area known as Laguna Suárez (10 km away). Along with the four Spaniards the two pilots also died, of Bolivian nationality.
The twin-engine apparatus of the Bolivian Air Force was carrying humanitarian aid and coronavirus test samples that were to be processed in a laboratory in Santa Cruz.
According to early research, the plane reported an engine failure within 12 minutes of take off, so he tried to start a return to Trinidad just before contact was lost.
To specify what happened, the Aeronautical Accident Investigation Board will present a report on the causes of the loss within eight days.