Following a loss of engine power, Bolivian Air Force Beechcraft 55 Baron aircraft impacted swampy terrain during the attempted return to the point of departure of Teniente Jorge Henrich Arauz Airport (TDD/SLTR), Trinidad, Bolivia.
The airplane was destroyed by the post-crash fire. The two pilots and four Spanish passengers perished.
The crash occurred near the southeastern city of Trinidad, from where the passengers were being taken to the larger transport hub of Santa Cruz, the statement said. Bolivia has closed its borders to slow the spread of the pandemic.
The Beechcraf light plane of the Bolivian Air Force, with registration FAB 051 was destined for the city of Santa Cruz. It also carried samples of suspected patients with Trinidad’s Covid-19.
On the Facebook page of the Ministry of Defense, Minister Luis Fernando López expressed his condolences for the death of Captain Favio Daniel Jerez Lanza and Lieutenant Richard Anderson Cossío Balcázar, who were piloting the aircraft.
Bolivian authorities have set up a panel to investigate the crash and file a report on the incident within eight days, the air force said. It added the light aircraft, a Beechcraft Baron B-55, had crashed early in the afternoon.
Preliminary findings showed that the plane reported that it planned to return to the airport in Trinidad 12 minutes after take-off due to engine failure. Contact with the aircraft was then lost