August 23, 2014
Bodies removed from Río de la Plata plane
Uruguayan emergency workers have removed the final two bodies which remained inside the wreckage of a light aircraft which yesterday crashed into the Río de la Plata delta, leaving five Argentine citizens dead and four injured.
Spokesman for the Fire Service Leandro Palomeque confirmed that officers had entered the craft just after midday, and managed to free the bodies after around 50 minutes of salvage work.
Pilot Leandro Larriera and Gustavo Fosco, the managing director of Renault Argentina, had been trapped in the plane's cockpit, "imprisoned between the seats and the instrument deck," as Palomeque explained.The accident occurred yesterday when the Beechcraft Super King Air B200 went down in the Río de la Plata, carrying a total of nine people on its way from San Fernando airport in Argentina to the Urguayan city of Carmelo. The craft crashed into a shallow area of the delta, after pilot Larriera attempted an emergency landing.
Uruguay Navy spokesman Gastón Jausolo had earlier explained that the delay in removing the final two bodies was caused by adverse conditions in the crash site
According to the official, the Beechcraft turboprop was left “in an unaccessible spot” for rescue operations, forcing teams to make it to the plane walking “with water up their knees.”
“If weather conditions allow, the diving team will work and will be able to remove the remaining bodies,” Jausolo considered and stressed Uruguay was working on “no accident hypothesis.”
“I can affirm the plane was heading to Carmelo; it could not land due to meteorological problems and it crashed while returning to San Fernando, I don’t know what caused it, if it was a flaw or what.”