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Small plane crashes near Peru's famed Nazca Lines

LIMA, Peru -- A small plane carrying tourists crashed Thursday near the famed ancient geoglyphs known as the Nazca Lines, killing all seven people on board.

The Cessna 206 was carrying three Chileans and four Peruvians, local airport chief Enrique Gamboa said. Nazca Airlines said one of the Peruvians was the pilot.

The plane went down inside the tourism zone in the coastal Nazca Desert where, centuries ago, indigenous groups etched mysterious figures in the sand that today are a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The aircraft crashed about 150 yards (meters) from a figure known as "the spider" but did not damage it, said Americo Baiocchi, director of the Nazca National Cultural Institute.

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