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article imageSeven tourists dead in plane crash at famous Nazca Lines in Peru

By Andrew Moran     Feb 25, 2010 in World
Nazca - A plane crash in southern Peru has killed seven tourists as they were touring the famous archeological site at the Lines of Nazca that show airstrips and images of spiders, monkeys and others.
In the famous 20th century book “Chariots of the Gods?” by Erich von Daniken, the author speculates that the lines of Nazca in Peru were signs of extraterrestrial presence in the South American nation due to the stone-etched images of monkeys, spiders and others that can only be seen in the sky. Daniken also speculates that Nazca was basically an airport for spacecrafts because of all the airstrips that are visible.
On Thursday, for the second time in two years, a small Cessna plane, owned by the Nazca Airlines tour company, crashed near the highway next to the World Heritage Site south of the capital of Lima, according to Nine News. Witnesses say the small plane was completely destroyed.
Thaindian reports that three Chilean citizens and four Peruvian, including the plane’s pilot, were killed in the accident. The plane attempted to do a risky maneuver only 17 minutes after the plane’s takeoff.
Nazca Airlines has yet to issue a statement to the general public, notes CNN International.
In April 2008, five French tourists were killed when their airplane crashed near the Nazca lines, which prompted the French government to push tourists against flying on tourist trips in Peru.
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