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Tragedy struck this weekend when a Aerotaxi operated Embraer EMB-110 Bandeirante, crashed into the Manacapuru river near Manaus in the Brazilian Amazonas region. Only four of the twenty-eight onboard survived.

SÃO PAULO – O avião EMB 110 Bandeirante, da empresa Manaus Aerotáxi, que caiu sábado no rio Manacapuru (AM), provocando a morte de 24 pessoas, carregava número de passageiros acima do recomendado pelo fabricante. A aeronave foi feita para o máximo de 21 ocupantes, segundo material divulgado pela Embraer na comemoração dos 40 anos do primeiro voo do Bandeirante, em outubro. O avião levava 28 pessoas e quatro sobreviveram.

The aircraft suffered an in-flight engine failure while enroute from Coari to Manaus.

The pilot attempted an emergency ditching but the aircraft hit a tree and crashed into the river.

According to reports, occupants of the aircraft drowned after the plane hit the water. This is a double tragedy, when occupants survive a plane crash but drown when they are unable to extract themselves from the aircraft.

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