Deadly Plane Crash Amid Rainy Weather in Bolivia

By Eric Leister, Meteorologist
November 4, 2013; 8:44 PM ET
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A plane carrying 18 people crashed in northern Bolivia, near the border with Brazil on Sunday.

The crash occurred around 4 p.m. local time, in the town of Riberalta. At least eight of the people on board have died, according to BBC News.

Witnesses to the crash stated that the plane was landing during moderate to heavy rainfall.

Data obtained by meteorologists show that the crash occurred during rainfall with overcast skies and visibility under 2 miles.

The above map shows the location of the plane crash in northern Bolivia, courtesy of Google Maps.

A cold front was moving through the region at the time of the accident producing the rainfall.

This cold front is associated with with the storm system that brought heavy rainfall to Argentina and Uruguay late last week.

Nelson Kinn, a spokesman for Aerocon stated, "As they were landing, on touchdown, the plane had some kind of problem that led to a fire."

President Evo Morales has ordered a thorough investigation into the cause of the crash.


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