February 7, 2023

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5 hijackers die in plane crash in Argentina – News

5 people who stole a plane from a hangar in the province Argentina De Sacco, who died today Wednesday (18), was found in a plane crash and fire, along with weapons and cash.

The Cessna 206 crashed shortly after takeoff 7 km from Villa Angela, the third city of Chaco, bordering Paraguay.

“If it were to crash in the city, it would be a tragedy,” Sergio Rios, the lawyer in charge of investigating the accident, told local press.

At the scene, they found a 9mm handgun, money in Paraguayan currency (Guarani) and a Cerro Porteño hat, suggesting to investigators that the perpetrators may be Paraguayans.

“We have already been in contact with the GIAC (Junta de Investigaão de Acidentes de Aviação Civil) and, apart from removing the bodies, we have secured the site,” the lawyer explained to Argentine radio LT7. He warned that it would be difficult to identify the victims as the plane caught fire in the crash.

Two rural workers saw the plane lose altitude, crash to the ground and burst into flames, then called the police, the newspaper Norte de Chaco reported.

“They explained to me that the plane had a hidden locking system and they forgot to open this ‘valve’ and they ran out of gas. Not everyone knows where this fuel line is,” Rios explained.

The five-seater single-engine stolen early this Wednesday belonged to an agricultural entrepreneur in the area who had recently purchased the aircraft. The promoter estimated the cost at US$1.5 million (over R$7.7 million).

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A satellite phone was also found on the plane, indicating “a specific system”. According to the prosecutor, the group had “very important logistics” because it was able to bypass a series of “highly sophisticated” alarms to carry out the heist.

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