Fourteen people on a small jet died when the plane crashed in Brazil’s northern Amazonas state on Saturday, the regional governor said.
The crash took place in Barcelos province, about 250 miles (400km) from the state capital, Manaus.
“I deeply regret the death of the 12 passengers and two crew members who were victims of the plane crash in Barcelos on Saturday,” the Amazonas governor, Wilson Lima, said on X.
“Our teams have been working from the outset to provide the necessary support. My sympathy and prayers go out to their families and friends.“
The Manaus Aerotáxi airline issued a statement confirming there had been an accident and that it was investigating, but it offered no details about deaths or injuries.
“We count on respect for the privacy of those involved at this difficult time and will be available to provide all necessary information and updates as the investigation progresses,” the statement said.
The Brazilian air force said in a statement that investigators from the Accident Investigation and Prevention Centre (CENIPA) had been called in to begin an investigation into the cause of the crash of the aircraft, an Embraer Bandeirante with the registration PT-SOG.
In an interview with O Globo newspaper, Lima said the bodies had already been removed from the aircraft and that the victims were Brazilian tourists.
He also said the most likely cause of the accident was an error in the approach to landing.
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