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SIX AMERICANS AMONG 9 DEAD IN PERU AIR CRASH

A small U.S. plane used in Peru's anti-drug effort crashed in the Andes mountains, killing the six Americans and three Peruvians aboard, officials said Sunday.

U.S. Embassy spokesman Charles Loveridge said the plane went down Saturday after it had left the jungle town of Tingo Maria. He said the wreckage was spotted Sunday.

Loveridge refused to provide the names of the passengers. But he said the dead Americans included a Drug Enforcement Administration agent, the plane's contract pilot, a mechanic and a security officer from the embassy.

In Washington, Maurice Hill, a DEA public information officer, identified the dead DEA agent as Rick Finley, 36, of Fort Knox, Ky.

Interior Ministry spokesman Fernando Yovera said the three Peruvians aboard were a police captain, the 8-year-old son of a police commander and the chief of the U.S.-funded coca eradication program.

Yovera said there was no indication of what had caused the crash, but he discounted sabotage because of strict security controls.

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