RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (AP) _ A twin-engine plane crashed and exploded while making an emergency landing near Rio de Janeiro, killing all eight people on board, the Rio Airport Authority said Monday.

The plane, belonging to the Armar Air Taxi company, was flying from the southeastern coastal resort town of Buzios to Rio on Sunday when the pilot asked to make an emergency landing at the navy air base in Sao Pedro da Aldeia, 90 miles east of Rio, the base said.

The plane crashed near the runway and burst into flames, killing the six passengers and two crew members, the airport authority said. The cause of the crash was not known.