Argentine singer Marília Mendonça, a winner of Latin Grammy Awards, died on Monday following a plane crash in Bahia state, Brazil. Police have found the remains of Mendonça, but still no bodies of the eight passengers. On Tuesday, police said they believe the plane entered a steep drop into the sea and that it was likely too late to rescue the people aboard. Brazilian federal prosecutors said on Tuesday that they had ordered an investigation into the accident.
“In the period from 6:30 p.m. to 6:30 a.m. yesterday (6 to 7:30 a.m. GMT), the bright lights of a private aircraft took off from Manaus International Airport and was about to enter the sea in the north-eastern coast of Bahia state without the usual lights,” said a statement from prosecutors. The flight, operated by Isareno Aviacion, sent an emergency call to air traffic control saying it had lost its track at about 6:22 p.m. local time, a flight-tracking site from Flightradar24.com said.
The plane, which took off at 5:20 p.m. local time, crashed into the sea at about 7:30 p.m. at an altitude of 645 meters and 37 kilometers from the airport. The flight plan, filed just one hour before the crash, said it was traveling from Manaus to Belo Horizonte. The plane was carrying six crew members and four passengers, including a pilot and a passenger, officials said. Search teams found the tail part of the plane, which is likely to point the way to the cockpit, and the fuselage was about 400 meters off the coast of Mato Grosso do Sul in an area dubbed the “White Mountain.”
According to a civil aviation source, divers confirmed that there were “no survivors of this airplane crash.” No one survived, but Mendonça is believed to have made it through the crash. The plane’s nacelle was on fire after the crash, and the burst of fire caused extensive damage to the aircraft, with most of the fuselage torn off, the source said.
Flamengo Neymar and Marília Mendonça together in Paris. The Brazilian singer suffered a mortal injury in Monday’s plane crash and went to the hospital to undergo surgery. pic.twitter.com/hAyFCeZoNu — UNCA Brazil News (@UNCABrazilNews) November 6, 2018
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