Peru: Morning News Roundup – Monday April 14

The stars come down to earth

Cameron Diaz has a few phobias. She is a germaphobe, who has been seen opening doors with her elbows, avoiding those nasty knobs at all cost. And she is acrophobic, which one might assume means sky-diving’s not high on her priority list. (The Global Mail – click here to read complete article by Gayle MacDonald)

Peru says Yale has over 40,000 Machu Picchu relics

Peru says Yale University researchers took more than 40,000 artifacts from the Incan citadel of Machu Picchu in the early 1900s, or 10 times the original estimate, the state news agency reported on Sunday. A team from Peru’s National Institute of Culture traveled to the U.S. university in March to take an inventory of the pieces of pottery, jewelry and bones housed there, as part of an agreement to repatriate the relics. (Reuters – click here to read complete article)

Seven miners trapped by landslide rescued in Peru

Peru’s rescue workers saved on Saturday seven miners who had been trapped by a landslide at a mine near the Andes mountain range, the country’s National Police (PNP) said on Sunday. The rescue team and the police searched for 38 hours before they found the first miner alive. (Xinhua – click here to read complete article)

Lawmakers seek better tourist protection after deadly Peru plane crash

Peruvian lawmakers sought tougher tourism safety measures Friday, two days after five French tourists were killed in an airplane crash en route to the country’s famed Nazca lines. Critics say there is lax supervision for about 40 small planes that make the 30-minute flights over the ancient figures etched into the earth, and that air-traffic congestion is a concern during high tourist season. (AP – click here to read complete article)

Pilot Says Panicked Tourist Contributed To Fatal Peru Accident

Four Passengers Killed When Plane Struck Power Lines
The pilot and sole survivor of the April 9 downing of a Cessna 206 in southern Peru says the accident was caused by a passenger who became frantic, and tugged on the pilot’s safety harness. Carlos Bartra reportedly told AeroIca, the company that hired the pilot to fly French tourists over the Nazca Lines, one of the passengers panicked shortly after takeoff. AeroIca representative Franklin Holler related that account to Peru’s RPP Noticias news service. (Aero News – click here to read complete article)