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Pilot who Survived 36 Days in The Jungle Is Charged with Illegal Transport

Pilot Antônio Araújo de Sena, who became a world celebrity after surviving a plane crash and 36 days in the jungle, has been accused by the Federal Public Prosecutor’s Office of transporting dangerous cargo in an aircraft that was unable to fly to an illegal mining site located inside a conservation unit, in the north of Pará.

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SANTAREM, PA, 6-3-2021 – Pilot Antônio Araújo de Sena became a world celebrity after surviving a plane crash and 36 days in the jungle ( Foto: Marcelo Seabra/Agencia Para/Divulgaçao)
Marcelo Seabra/Ag. Para/Divulga?

In a statement to Federal Police attached to the complaint, revealed by the Infoamazonia website and confirmed by Folha, Sena admitted that he was hired by a miner owner to transport about 600 liters of diesel oil from Alenquer (PA) to the California garimpo, neighboring the better-known 13 de Maio mine, located within the Maicuru Rebio Biological Reserve. It is a category of integral conservation unit that does not allow human presence.

Translated by Kiratiana Freelon

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