155 missing in Brazil air crash

A passenger jet flown by Brazilian airline Gol has crashed into the Amazon jungle after a mid-air collision with a smaller aircraft.

    Gol is one of several low-cost airlines in Brazil (File photo)

    Valter Mioto, the mayor of a small Amazon town, said on Saturday that the airliner, carrying 155 people, had crashed in the forest in Peixoto de Azevedo municipality.

    "From the information we have, the plane fell on Jarina farm," Mioto said.

    "Hospitals in the region are ready to receive the injured."

    Infraero, Brazil's airports authority, said the smaller aircraft, an executive jet, landed in the town Serra do Cachimbo even though it had suffered wing damage after the mid-air collision on Friday.

    Gol flight 1907 left Manaus in north-west Brazil at 1836 GMT but did not arrive in Brasilia at 2112 GMT as scheduled.

    Celso Gick, a spokesman in the Amazon region for Infraero, said the Boeing 737-800 was carrying 149 passengers and six crew members.

    Brazilian radio station CBN said at least 20 passengers were employees of Japan's Yamaha Corp.

    Five air force jets have been sent to search for the missing aeroplane. Jose Carlos Pereira, Infraero's president, said: "The air force is in the area of the collision."

    SOURCE: Reuters


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Interactive: How does your country vote at the UN?

    Interactive: How does your country vote at the UN?

    Explore how your country voted on global issues since 1946, as the world gears up for the 74th UN General Assembly.

    'We were forced out by the government soldiers'

    'We were forced out by the government soldiers'

    We dialled more than 35,000 random phone numbers to paint an accurate picture of displacement across South Sudan.

    Interactive: Plundering Cambodia's forests

    Interactive: Plundering Cambodia's forests

    Meet the man on a mission to take down Cambodia's timber tycoons and expose a rampant illegal cross-border trade.