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Peru copter crash: Searchers find last body of victims
OCONGATE (Peru): Searchers on Sunday afternoon found the last of the bodies of the 14 people who died in a helicopter crash high in the snowy Andes, Peruvian officials said.
Police Gen. Hector Dulanto said the bodies were first taken to Ocongate, the nearest town to the accident, but were being moved by police van to the morgue in Cuzco, the regional capital.
Officials said none had yet been identified. The helicopter exploded and all the bodies were severely burned, police said.
Prosecutor Cesar Guevara told Television N on Saturday after the search team reached the crash site that investigators would conduct DNA tests to help identify the victims.
The Sikorsky S-58ET helicopter was carrying eight South Koreans and three Peruvians as well as citizens of the Netherlands, Sweden and the Czech Republic when it crashed Wednesday on Mama Rosa mountain at an altitude of about 16,000 feet (4,900 meters).
The Koreans were exploring sites for a possible hydroelectric plant. They were employed by Samsung C&T Corp., Korea Water Resources Corp., Korea Engineering Consultants Corp. and Seoyeong Co.
Eighteen South Korean relatives of those aboard the helicopter were flying to Peru to recover the remains, said South Korean Consul Hwangroh Lee, who went to Cuzco, the city where the helicopter flight originated.