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Plane Crashes in Peruvian Jungle; At Least 20 Injured

November 5, 1994 GMT

SAPOSOA, Peru (AP) _ A plane with 25 people on board crashed into a river Saturday while attempting to land in heavy rain at an airport in the Peruvian jungle, officials said. At least 20 people were injured, authorities said.

Two people were reported missing but no deaths were immediately confirmed.

The plane, a Russian-made YAK-40 belonging to Servicios Aereos Amazonicos, crashed while attempting to land at Saposoa, 385 miles north of Lima, the capital.

It had taken off from the northern coastal city of Trujillo with 17 passengers and 8 crew members, an airport official said. The three-engine plane crashed about 3 p.m., officials said.

Twelve people were listed in serious condition at Saposoa Hospital with various injuries, said a doctor at the hospital, Osvaldo Lopez. An unknown number of people had critical injuries, he said.

Lopez said relatives reported that a woman and a 3-year-old child were missing.

Officials at the Servicios Aereos Amazonicos office in Lima refused to comment.

The plane was the second YAK-40 to crash in the Peruvian jungle this year. In February, a plane belonging to Expresso Aereo slammed into a mountain near Huanuco, 155 miles northeast of Lima, killing all 31 people aboard.