2 dead, 14 injured in Brazil aircraft crash

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A day after at least two people died and 14 were injured after a light aircraft crashed in Brazilian city of Boituva, authorities reported.

The plane carrying recreational skydivers plunged to the ground in a forced landing after taking off from the National Skydiving Center in Boituva, known as the “national skydive capital” of Brazil, Xinhua news agency reported.

The plane, with a pilot and 15 skydivers aboard, belongs to the Skydive4Fun tourism company, according to a statement released by the Boituva Mayor’s office.

“In Boituva’s 50 years of skydiving history, it’s the first aircraft accident at the National Skydiving Center. It’s a very sad day,” said Boituva Mayor, Edson Marcusso.

A fire department spokesperson said the injured were taken to nearby hospitals, while the Brazilian Air Force said in a press release that experts were conducting an investigation at the crash site.

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