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ALL 60 ABOARD PLANE DIED IN ANDES CRASH, PERU SAYS

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The death toll from a Peruvian air force plane that crashed into an Andean mountain has reached 60, officials said Friday.

The aircraft, a cargo plane converted to civilian transport, crashed Thursday near Tarma, 100 miles east of Lima, killing all 60 Peruvians on board, the air force said. Witnesses said the plane broke in two on impact.It was the sixth plane crash in Peru the past two years. Critics blame most of the accidents on poor maintenance because of a shortage of spare parts in Peru, which has been ravaged by high inflation and a costly rebel insurgency.

An investigation into the cause of the crash is pending.