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Police locate missing helicopter in Peru, no survivors

The chopper was carrying eleven foreigners and three Peruvians when it went down in a mountain region.

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A member of the rescue team works in the Hualla Hualla area during the search for the missing helicopter. (AFP/Getty Images)

Police in Peru today located the wreckage of a helicopter which was carrying eleven foreigners and three Peruvians when it went missing in mountains in the country's south on Wednesday, Spanish news agency EFE reported.

According to Agence France-Presse, all 14 passengers aboard the chopper, including eight South Koreans, a Czech, a Swede, a Dutch citizen, are believed to be dead.

"We are en route to the accident site where the helicopter and the bodies are located," prosecutor Cesar Guevara, of the town of Urcos in the southern department of Cusco, told local media, AFP reported. 

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The Sikorsky S-58 ET vanished on Wednesday during a flight from Mazuco to Cusco, two cities in southern Peru. 

Police mountain climbers located the crash site at 4,900 meters (16,000 feet) above sea-level near Mount Mamarosa, the BBC reported, citing Police General Hector Dulanto.

Rescue efforts had been hampered by rain and snow.

The South Koreans on board the aircraft were part of a team exploring a potential hydroelectric project in the area, the BBC said.

Hundreds of thousands of tourists make their way to the Cusco region each year to visit the 15th century Incan city of Machu Picchu.

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