Five killed in Ecuador plane crash

2014-10-02 20:38
The Ecuadorian government offered a public apology to the indian community in Sarayaku, Ecuador. (Dolores Ochoa, AP)

The Ecuadorian government offered a public apology to the indian community in Sarayaku, Ecuador. (Dolores Ochoa, AP)

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Quito - Ecuadorean officials say five people have been killed and two injured in the crash of a small plane that took off from a jungle airstrip. It carried some passengers who had attended a ceremony at which government officials apologised to an indigenous group for rights violations.

A statement from the civil aviation authority listed those killed in Wednesday afternoon's crash as the pilot, a freelance photographer and three others. It said the cause was under investigation.

Three government ministers and the attorney general had flown back to Quito from the Sarayaku community in a different plane.

Their visit to the community constituted compliance with a 2012 sentence from the Inter-American Court of Human Rights ordering the government to apologise for authorising oil exploration on Sarayaku land in the 1990s.

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