All 14 killed in Peru helicopter crash

All 14 killed in Peru helicopter crash

Cusco : Peru | Jun 10, 2012 at 11:35 PM PDT
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A Peruvian search team has found the wreckage of a helicopter that crashed four days ago on an icy mountain 4900m high in the Andes, killing all 14 people aboard.

Officials said none had yet been identified. The helicopter exploded and all the bodies were severely burned.Workers found the bodies in the fuselage of the Sikorsky S-58 ET chopper.

DNA tests or dental identification would be needed to identify at least five or six of the victims.

Police General Hector Dulanto told AFP that the police mountain climbers found the helicopter crash site at mid-morning. The team took seven hours to reach the site from their base camp, officials said.

On board the flight were eight South Koreans, a Czech, a Swede, a Dutch citizen and three Peruvians, two of them crew members, according to helicopter owner HeliCusco.

The Koreans were exploring sites for a possible hydroelectric plant. They were employed by Samsung C&T Corp., Korea Water Resources Corp., Korea Engineering Consultants Corp. and Seoyeong Co.

The helicopter vanished Wednesday while flying in snow and rain in the mountainous region from the town of Mazuco, in Madre de Dios department, to the city of Cusco June 10, 2012

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Peru rescuers to recover bodies of helicopter victims
Police rescue officers recover the bodies of victims of the helicopter crash in the Hualla Hualla area of Quispicanchis province in Cuzco June 10, 2012.
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