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Jetliner Crashes Near Cartagena

Thu., Jan. 12, 1995

A DC-9 jetliner with 53 people aboard caught fire and crashed Wednesday near the resort city of Cartagena on the Caribbean, news reports said.

A 10-year-old girl survived with a broken arm, a witness told radio station RCN.

Rescuers were headed to the site of the reported crash, 10 miles west of Cartagena, news reports said. They said the crash occurred near the village of Maria Labaja.

The Intercontinental Aviation flight had 48 passengers and five crew members aboard, the airline said.

The pilot apparently was attempting a crash landing in a swamp but hit a grassy field and the aircraft broke apart, witness Argemiro Vergara told RCN radio.

“The airplane deviated from its course and fell to (an altitude of) about 300 meters (900 feet), but it caught fire and fell to the ground, breaking in two,” said Vergara.

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