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Small plane crashes in Guyana; 3 seriously injured

March 18, 2014

GEORGETOWN, Guyana (AP) — Three people have been seriously injured in the crash of a small plane shortly after takeoff in the South American nation of Guyana.

The Civil Aviation Authority says the single-engine Piper Cherokee crashed Tuesday in woodlands seconds after taking off from a dirt runway near Guyana’s western border.

Pilot and aircraft owner Bernard Singh was not seriously hurt. But aviation officials say three passengers sustained severe injuries.

The passengers are being flown to the coastal capital of Georgetown for medical treatment. Their identities haven’t been released.

The accident’s cause wasn’t immediately clear. Two other small planes have crashed in Guyana in recent weeks.

The government has ordered a review of air safety and aircraft maintenance procedures as more single-engine planes are used by mining businesses.

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