Brazilian officials say a plane has crashed near a city in the northeastern part of the nation and all 16 aboard have died.

The Air Force says in a statement that the twin-engine aircraft belonging to a regional airline took off from the city of Recife on Wednesday morning and immediately reported problems.

The statement does not say what the problems were or what caused the crash.

The plane tried to make an emergency landing on the outskirts of the city. But witnesses say it went down hard and burst into flames.

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