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Six die in holiday accident plane crash in Peru

The families of four Britons killed in a plane crash in Peru may be able to claim holiday accident compensation once liability for the deaths has been established.

The victims, three men and a woman, from south London and Berkshire and in their 30s, were on a sightseeing trip in a Cessna light aircraft which they had booked to take them to see the Nazca Lines, a UNESCO world heritage site.

Their families described them as keen travellers who were on South American package holidays and wanted to view the pre-Inca archaeological area from the air where it can best be appreciated.

The Cessna 185, with a Peruvian pilot and co-pilot, took off from an airstrip in the Nazca desert, 250 miles south of Lima, the capital city, but was reported to have caught fire soon after take-off. The pilot and co-pilot also died.

The same plane was said to have made an emergency landing earlier in the year.

Other tourists have died in air crashes while on the popular trip, including six South Americans in February 2010, and five French holidaymakers in 2008.

The Peruvian ministry of transport has begun an investigation to try to determine whether engine failure caused the plane crash and, depending on its conclusions about the holiday accident, next-of-kin of the victims could begin legal action for compensation for their suffering, personal injury and loss of earnings.


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