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UPDATED: 13:10, March 10, 2007
Two private aircraft crash in Mexico, Argentina
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A light aircraft and a helicopter crashed on Friday in Argentina and Mexico respectively, killing one person and injuring five, according to news reports.

In Argentina, a four-seat Skymaster light aircraft crashed at Lujan aerodrome, some 70 km northeast of Argentine capital Buenos Aires, killing its sole occupant, Atilio Bonomi, a businessman.

Air Force sources said Bonomi was flying a so-called "visual" flight, without the use of instruments, when the aircraft crashed shortly after taking off.

The Civil Aviation Accident Investigation Committee has sent investigators to the scene.

Also Friday, at least five people were injured and several homes were damaged when a helicopter fell from the sky in El Arenal, a neighborhood close to Mexico City's international airport, Mexican radio said.

The pilot, co-pilot, two technical staff and a passenger were hurt. Authorities have not yet identified them. The passenger was hit by part of the helicopter blade. All five were transferred to a nearby hospital.

Firefighters attended the incident to tackle a fire and to disperse hundreds of liters of fuel which had spilled from the aircraft.

It is reported that mechanical failure caused the aircraft, which belonged to Mexican telecommunications company Telmex, to crash not far from the helipad where it had taken off.

Source: Xinhua

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