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Military: At Least 16 Die in Plane Crash

September 9, 1995

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) _ An airplane with 21 people on board crashed in bad weather in the jungles of southern Colombia on Saturday, killing at least 16 people, the armed forces said.

The plane was owned by the state airline Satena, and was flying from Villavicencio, 45 miles south of the capital Bogota, to La Macarena, 130 miles south of Villavicencio.

A brigade of soldiers in the area to fight leftist guerrillas came across the wreckage of the twin-engine plane and counted at least 15 bodies, Gen. Jorge Miranda Carpio, commander of the army unit, said on Caracol radio.

One survivor pulled by soldiers from the wreckage died later in a hospital in La Macarena, RCN radio reported.

The fate of the other five people on board was not immediately known.

The plane crashed at 8:30 a.m. (9:30 a.m. EDT) in bad weather in a jungle region near La Macarena. Cause of the crash was not yet known. There is often rain and heavy fog in the area.

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