Bodies Recovered From Plane Crash That Killed Two Americans
SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) _ Police on Sunday recovered five bodies, including those of two U.S. government officials, from the wreckage of a plane crash in the Andes in northern Chile.
The air force said the bodies were taken to Copiapo, a city in the Atacama desert 500 miles to the north, and flown to Santiago later in the day.
The twin-engine Cessna 206 crashed Wednesday night, shortly after taking off from the Copiapo Chamanate airport. It was found Saturday near Copiapo, according to Cmdr. Rodolfo Acunna, head of the air force Rescue Service.
The Americans killed were John Harty, Jr. and Patrick Pouzar, officials of the Food and Drug Administration who arrived in Chile a week ago to check security procedures in the export of fruit to the United States.
The security checks were part of an agreement reached with Chile after two grapes laced with cyanide were found in Philadelphia last year. The finding prompted the temporary suspension of the sale of all Chilean fruit in the United States.
The Chilean victims were the pilot, a Chilean agricultural official and an executive for the Chilean Fruit Exporters Association.