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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

46 Dead in Peruvian Plane Crash

LIMA, Peru -- Rescue teams found the wreckage of a Tans Peru aircraft on Saturday, two days after it slammed into a hill in Peru's northern jungle, and established that all 46 people on board were killed, government ministers said.

The Fokker F-28 crashed Thursday as it approached a small airport in the mountain town of Chachapoyas, 650 kilometers north of Lima.

"Unfortunately, the aircraft crashed directly into ... Cerro Coloque at an altitude of 2,300 meters. The impact disintegrated the plane," Transport Minister Javier Reategui told reporters at the Chachapoyas airport.

He added that the wreckage and the remains of those on board were spread over a 400-meter radius. Two flight recorders, which could hold the key to the cause of the accident, had been recovered, he said.

Heavy rains and thick fog had hindered search operations in the remote area, but the weather improved early Saturday and helicopters were able to head to an area where locals said they had seen a low-flying airplane and heard an explosion.