In a message on X (formerly known as Twitter), Lima expressed his deep sorrow: ‘I am profoundly saddened by the tragic plane crash in Barcelos on Saturday, which claimed the lives of 12 passengers and two crew members.’
The plane, identified as an Embraer PT-SOG aircraft, had departed from Manaus, the capital of Amazonas state and the largest city in the Amazon region. It was attempting to land during heavy rain when the accident occurred, as reported by local media.
The passengers were Brazilian tourists heading to a fishing expedition, according to reports.
Video footage shared by Globo television displayed the plane resting on a muddy dirt path, partially surrounded by lush green foliage. A group of onlookers stood nearby, sheltered by umbrellas.
The Brazilian air force promptly dispatched a team from Manaus to gather information and preserve potential evidence for the crash investigation, as stated in an official air force announcement.