Aviation authorities report that a plane has crashed en route to a mining village in the South American country of Suriname, killing at least 19 people.

Air Traffic Services Director Kenneth Dors says the twin-engine Antonov-AN28 that went down Thursday morning was operated by a Surinamese carrier, Blue Wings airlines.

Dors says 19 or 20 people were on board, but officials are still trying to determine the exact number. All died in the crash. The cause was not immediately known.

The plane took off from the capital and was heading to an area in the country's interior where many foreigners work as miners. Most are Brazilian.