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Peruvian Police Recover 14 Bodies From Helicopter Crash in Andes

June 11 (Bloomberg) -- Peruvian police recovered the bodies of 14 people including workers of Samsung C&T Corp. and Korea Engineering Consultants Corp. who died in a helicopter crash while conducting surveys for a proposed hydropower plant.

A team found the 12 foreign passengers and two Peruvians yesterday on a mountain near the city of Cuzco, South Korean Foreign Ministry official Hwang In Seong told reporters today in Seoul. The crash, which killed eight South Koreans, is being investigated, Hwang said.

The team was visiting Peru in pursuit of a joint $1.62 billion project to install five water turbine generators on the Inambari River in the southeastern state of Puno, Samsung C&T said in an e-mailed statement today. The passengers boarded the helicopter on June 6 to survey three proposed sites and the aircraft disappeared later that day as it crossed the Andes to return to Cuzco.

Four of the dead worked for Samsung C&T, two for Korea Engineering Consultants, two for Seoyeong Engineering Co. and one for Korea Water Resources Corp., Cho Keun Ho, a Samsung C&T spokesman, said June 8. One of the Samsung employees was a Dutch national, Cho said. Austrian nationals were also on board, General Hector Dulanto of the Peruvian police told state television channel TV Peru on June 7, without giving details.

To contact the reporter on this story: Sangwon Yoon in Seoul at syoon32@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Peter Hirschberg at phirschberg@bloomberg.net

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