updated 4/9/2008 7:56:39 PM ET 2008-04-09T23:56:39

Five French tourists were killed in a small plane crash in southern Peru Wednesday, authorities said.

Police chief Col. Guillermo Arteta says the Aero Ica plane went down near a landing strip in Peru's southern desert and that all five tourists on board died. Witnesses say the plane became caught in high-tension cables before crashing.

Aero Ica spokeswoman Angela Rosel says the tourists were viewing Peru's famed Nazca lines.

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