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Argentine small plane crashes, burns near Uruguay resort; 10 dead

Rescue personnel work to recover remains from the wreckage of a crashed aircraft at Laguna del Sauce, near Punta del Este, Uruguay, Friday, March 20, 2015. Uruguay's Air Force says the Argentine turboprop airplane crashed and burned Thursday, shortly after taking off, killing all aboard. (AP Photo/Marcelo Rodriguez)

Rescue personnel work to recover remains from the wreckage of a crashed aircraft at Laguna del Sauce, near Punta del Este, Uruguay, Friday, March 20, 2015. Uruguay's Air Force says the Argentine turboprop airplane crashed and burned Thursday, shortly after taking off, killing all aboard. (AP Photo/Marcelo Rodriguez)  (The Associated Press)

Uruguay's Air Force says an Argentine turboprop airplane has crashed and burned shortly after taking off, killing all 10 aboard.

The Air Force says the dead from Thursday's crash include seven Argentine passengers and one Portugese, as well as two Argentine crew members.

Officials say the Beechcraft King Air had taken off from the Laguna de Sauce airport, which serves the tourist city of Punta del Este.

Local fire department spokesman Leandro Palomeque said Friday that seven bodies have been recovered and his agency is looking for the other three. He said the plane crashed into a lagoon and is semi-submerged.