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Brazilian Plane Crashes, Kills 16

Firemen spray fire retardant on plane L410 of Noar Airlines that fell near Boa Viagem beach in Recife, the capital of the northeastern state of Pernambuco, July 13, 2011

Brazilian authorities say a small plane has crashed in northeastern Brazil, killing all 16 people on board.

The regional Noar airlines plane went down early Wednesday, shortly after takeoff from the city of Recife. It was heading to the city of Natal.

Brazil's Air Force says the pilot reported problems almost immediately and tried to make an emergency landing on a beach. The plane crashed and burst into flames.

A fire official is quoted in local media as saying the pilot averted an even bigger disaster, narrowly avoiding a densely populated area.

The cause of the crash is not yet clear.

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