The bodies of 16 victims have been pulled from the Pacific Ocean after a small passenger plane crashed in French Polynesia. Four other people on board are yet to be found. Thirteen bodies were taken to a chapel in Papeete, the capital of the French island of Tahiti. The twin-engine plane crashed just after take-off from Moorea. It was bound for Tahiti, just 17 kilometers, or a seven-minute flight away. Among the passengers were two Australian tourists, two European Commission delegates, one Belgian, the other French, and five Polynesian government officials. The search for survivors has been suspended overnight. The cause of the crash is not yet known. The French government has sent investigators to the scene to carry out a technical report.
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