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14 Killed in Peruvian Helicopter Crash

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Police officers take part in a search and rescue operation for a helicopter that has disappeared in the Hualla Hualla area of the Quispicanchis province in Cuzco, Peru, June 8, 2012.
Officials in Peru say all 14 people aboard a helicopter that went missing earlier this week in the Andes mountains have been killed.

Officials said Saturday the bodies were being recovered from the crash site.

Police General Hector Dulanto said the helicopter was found at an altitude of about 4,900 meters. Bad weather had hampered the search for the helicopter, which went missing Wednesday on its way to the city of Cusco from Mazuco.

Officials say the helicopter's passengers include three Peruvians, eight South Koreans and three Europeans. The Europeans have been identified as a Swede, a Czech and a Dutchman.

South Korean officials say the missing Koreans had been exploring a possible hydroelectric project in southern Peru.

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