Rescue helicopters have spotted the wreckage of a Peruvian passenger
aircraft which disappeared over the Amazon jungle on Thursday.
The head of the rescue operation said it appeared that the plane
had been destroyed and that the 46 people on board could not have
survived the crash.
Relatives have been waiting for two days for news
The wreckage was found on a mountainside 16 kilometres (10 miles)
north of Chachapoyas, the plane's intended destination.
Heavy rains had hampered efforts to find the Fokker F-28 which lost
contact with air traffic controllers minutes before it was due to
Eight children were among the passengers on the Tans Peru flight
which originated in the capital, Lima.
"The survey of the wreckage shows an initial impact and that the
plane then slammed into the mountain," the Amazonas region fire chief,
David Reina, said.
"It is impossible that people are alive. The impact must have been
A foot patrol is reported to have arrived at the crash site.
Reports say the mountains were covered by low-hanging clouds at the
time of the accident.
The airline said the flight had left Lima with 38 passengers, and
picked up four more in Chiclayo.
The missing include a Belgian man, Christophe Dubois, and his wife
Sofia Porfirio, according to the airline.
Chachapoyas, the capital of Amazonas province, situated some 650
kilometres (390 miles) north of Lima, is close to ancient Indian
ruins, and is frequently visited by tourists.
Tans Peru launched its twice-weekly Chiclayo-Chachapoyas route in
November 2002 as part of a plan to boost tourism in the mountainous
In 1987, difficult terrain and heavy rains of Peru's mountains
delayed search efforts for 10 days, when a plane with 46 people on
board went down near the jungle city of Saposoa.