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Plane crash kills 2 Israelis

Rescue workers in a helicopter yesterday morning located the bodies of two Israeli nationals amid the wreckage of a light aircraft on the slopes of Mount Ainos on the Ionian island of Cephalonia. The single-engine Cirrus SR22 aircraft had disappeared off radar screens late on Tuesday after putting out a distress call while flying northwest of Zakynthos, another island in the Ionian group, defense officials said. Rescue workers recovered the bodies of a man and a woman from the wreckage in a ravine on Cephalonia but no details were released about their identities, except that they were Israelis believed to be on vacation. The pair had used the plane to fly from Israel to Kos in the southern Aegean and then northward to Zakynthos before the collision on Cephalonia, officials said. It was unclear whether the crash was provoked by the high winds that had been blowing in the area at the time.