10 Jun 2012

Peru helicopter wreckage found - all 14 on board dead

2:59 pm on 10 June 2012

Police in Peru say they have found the wreck of a helicopter missing in the south of the country, and all 14 on board are dead.

The helicopter had left the Amazon region of Madre de Dios on Wednesday bound for the tourist centre of Cusco.

The BBC reports 12 passengers were mostly South Korean but included three Europeans.

Police said the wreckage was at 4900 metres near Mount Mamarosa.

Officials said the bodies were being recovered from the crash site, although rain and snow have hampered the team's efforts.