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Plane Crash Kills Eight, Including American Mining Official

March 21, 1987

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) _ A small Aeroguayacan Airlines plane crashed Friday night north of Santiago, killing eight people including an American mining engineer, the airline reported.

Police said one passenger survived the crash and subsequent fire and was taken to a hospital. Doctors reported him in serious condition.

The twin-engine Beechcraft Queen airplane crashed near San Felipe, 90 miles north of Santiago, and the cause has not been determined, officials said.

The plane was heading south to an airport near San Felipe from La Serena, a city 290 miles, north of Santiago.

Maria Teresa Soto, a spokeswoman for the airline, identified the American victim as John Phillips, a mining engineer working for a local subsidiary of Chevron Corp. No other information was immediately available on Phillips, she said.

The other dead included two pilots, executives of the Chilean State Steel Co. and university researchers, Ms. Soto said. She identified the survivor as Sergio Melnick, a Chilean University professor.

Aeroguayacan is a small Chilean airline with passenger service between Santiago and several northern cities. The plane that crashed had been rented from another company, Ms. Soto said.

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