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Brazil Plane Crash Kills 24


Brazilian authorities have ended their search for victims of a plane crash in the Amazon basin that left at least 24 people dead, including seven children.

An investigation is under way into the cause of Saturday's accident. Survivors said they heard an engine stop before the crash.

Brazilian officials say the plane was traveling from Coari to the city of Manaus in Amazonas state when the pilots encountered bad weather and requested permission to return to Coari.

Air traffic controllers said they lost radar contact with the plane shortly after the radio transmission. The plane crashed in the Manacapuru river.

Four passengers survived. One of them said they escaped by opening an emergency door and swimming to safety. A nine-year-old was among the survivors.

The survivors are reported to be in good condition.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.

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