Army and police investigate unexplained incident in which scientists tasked with fighting deforestation and illegal mining in the Amazon died

Investigation is underway into an unexplained plane crash in the Amazon that left four dead, including leading members of Brazil’s special environmental protection forces.

Environmental analysts Olavo Perim Galvão and Alexandre Rochinski died alongside administrative technician Sebastião Lima Ferreira Junior and the aircraft’s pilot, Marcos Costa Jardim. Another analyst, Lazlo Macedo de Carvalho, survived the crash on 3 July and is receiving treatment for burns in Rio de Janeiro.

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