Four British tourists killed in Peru plane crash

WASHINGTON (Reuters)WASHINGTON, October 3 Sun Oct 3, 2010 5:05pm BST

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WASHINGTON (Reuters)WASHINGTON, October 3 (Reuters) - Six people, including four British tourists, were killed Saturday when their sightseeing plane crashed near Peru's famed Nazca Lines, according to the country's Andina news agency.

The Air Nasca plane crashed at about 4:15 p.m local time (10:15 p.m. British time) Saturday in the desert near Nazca, about 275 miles (443 km) south of Lima, Andina said on its website. The two pilots aboard the flight also died, it added.

Peru's Ministry of Transport and Communications announced officials were investigating the cause of the crash.

Several planes that have flown over the Nazca Lines, a series of massive geoglyphs carved in the desert, have crashed in recent years. Six tourists and a pilot were killed in February when their plane crashed on a similar sightseeing tour.

The Nazca Lines, designed between 2,200 years and 1,300 years ago, are so large they are best seen from the air. The UNESCO World Heritage Site includes dozens of drawings of spiders, monkeys, fish and llamas that stretch hundreds of feet across.

(Writing by Paul Simao; Editing by Matthew Jones)