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article imageTurbulence blamed as cause of plane crash near Nazca, Perú.

By Igor I. Solar     Feb 25, 2010 in World
Ica - Heavy winds and turbulence have been identified as the cause of the crash of a Cessna U206F near the city of Ica on Thursday 25th.
This was the third flight of the day for the aircraft over the famous archeological site known as Nazca lines in southern Perú to view the geoglyphs located high in the desert plateau located between the towns of Nazca and Pampa, about 400 kilometers SE of Lima. The site of the crash is about 150 meters from the figure known as “the spider” (shown in the picture). The small plane had reached an altitude of 3200 feet when suddenly lost altitude and crashed killing the pilot and 6 passengers, 3 Chilean and 3 Peruvian tourists. Among the victims was a 5 year-old girl.
The tourism interest and activity at the famous Nazca lines of Peru, a UNESCO World Heritage site located on the Pampas de Jumana, Perú, has increased in recent weeks following the temporary closing of the Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu because of damage caused by heavy rains in the access route between Cuzco and the ancient Inca ruins. Because of their size the huge geoglyphs can only be seen and appreciated from higher altitudes.
The plane was owned and operated by Nazca Airlines, an authorized tour operator. Air tours over the Nazca lines, costing about US$170, are mostly operated by authorized small planes, however, some informal operators also offer tours for lower prices, usually about US$75.
Officials in the town of Nazca have expressed their concern over the tragic accident and acknowledge that the situation may severely affect tourism in the area, which has seen an improvement in recent weeks following the problems at Machu Picchu.
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