Air crash near Peru's Nazca Lines kills four Britons

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All four passengers killed in an aircraft crash near one of Peru's leading tourist attractions have been confirmed as British.

The four have been named by the Foreign Office as Andrew Brown, 30, and Gayle Callow, Warren Denham and Alastair Rowe, all aged 34.

Their Air Nazca Cessna came down close to the ancient Nazca Lines ground markings, about 240 miles (385km) south-east of Lima, on Saturday.

The plane's Peruvian pilots also died.

A FCO spokesman earlier said the British ambassador to Peru, James Dauris, and another member of consular staff had arrived at the scene of the crash after travelling from the capital, Lima.

She added: "The next of kin have been informed. We are providing consular assistance."

Image caption The lines are designated as a World Heritage Site

The plane is thought to have suffered engine trouble after taking off from the local Maria Reiche airport.

Peruvian police said the aircraft had crashed in a field as the pilot and co-pilot attempted an emergency landing.

In its website advice to Britons thinking of travelling to Peru, the Foreign Office warns that there have been a number of accidents involving aircraft flying over the Nazca Lines.

A Cessna 206 carrying three Chileans and four Peruvians crashed in February, killing everyone on board.

Another crash in April 2008 killed five French tourists, although their pilot survived.

The Nazca Lines are mysterious markings believed to have been etched into the desert by indigenous people centuries ago.

The lines are a popular destination for tourists and are only fully visible from the air.

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