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Body of Pilot Missing 20 Years Found in Bolivian Andes

LA PAZ – The body of a pilot missing for two decades has been recovered from a crash site on a mountain in the Andes about 25 kilometers (15 miles) from La Paz, Bolivian media reported Wednesday.

Benjamin Pabon Galindo’s remains were recovered from Huayna Potosi mountain, where he crashed due to mechanical problems.

Pabon died in October 1990 while flying a load of beef from the northern region of Beni to La Paz.

The body of the other pilot aboard the plane was recovered in 1997, while Pabon’s remains were located Sunday by climbers hired by his family.

The body was intact with “the clothing and everything,” but it was frozen and broke apart while being pulled out of the pilot’s seat, the crash victim’s father, Carlos Pabon, told the private ATB televsion channel.

The missing aviator was the great-grandson of Rafael Pabon, a hero of the 1932-1935 Chaco War and the first fighter pilot in the Americas to win a dogfight in combat. EFE
 

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