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Guyana team find 2 bodies in plane wreckage

January 20, 2014

GEORGETOWN, Guyana (AP) — Search teams in Guyana have found the bodies of a Canadian pilot and a local man in the wreckage of a small plane that crashed in a remote western jungle.

Chris Correia is spokesman for Trans Guyana Airways, the domestic operator that employed Canadian pilot Blake Slater for the last three years. He says search teams on Monday found the bodies of the Toronto man and a local cargo handler inside the crumpled Cessna Caravan in the heavily forested Mazaruni region.

Civil Aviation chief Zulfikar Mohamed says the bodies will be flown to the capital of Georgetown as soon as possible.

The small aircraft was en route to pick up fuel and other cargo for mining camps when it crashed Saturday. Slater sent out distress calls before the plane crashed.

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