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A Navy plane carrying Peru's first-place soccer team crashed into the Pacific Ocean Tuesday night. All but one of the 43 people on board were believed killed, a Navy spokesman said. The official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said a crew member was rescued from the wreckage in the ocean, and five bodies had been recovered.

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The spokesman said the twin-engine Fokker's landing gear would not lower when the aircraft was trying to land, but he said he had no other details on the crash.

Nicaragua says US pilot was in on a contra plot

Papers seized from an American whose plane was downed by the Sandinistas show he was involved in a contra plot to kill the foreign minister, Nicaragua said Tuesday. Defense Minister Humberto Ortega told reporters that James Jordan Denby may be placed on trial, but he did not specify the charges against him. The Sandinistas also said evidence showed Mr. Denby was affiliated with the CIA.

Contra leader Adolfo Calero denied, however, that Denby had ever worked for the contras.

US Navy plane crashes in Antarctic; 2 killed

A US Navy transport plane with 11 Americans aboard crashed in Antarctica yesterday as it tried to land on a crude runway. Two people were killed and one was seriously injured, the Navy said. The plane crashed about 860 miles northeast of the US McMurdo Station on McMurdo Sound, the main US base in Antarctica, Comdr. Bob Harler said.

In Washington, the Navy said it had no details on the cause of the accident, but said the plane caught fire during the crash.

Bomb hits official's car amid Bangladeshi unrest

A bomb hurled at a car injured a government minister in a crowded street in Dacca yesterday, police said. The attack came during a lull in an opposition-led national campaign to force President Hossain Muhammad Ershad to resign. They said Textile Minister Sunil Gupta was returning home from his office when the bomb smashed the windshield of his car near the Foreign Ministry. Two passers-by were also hurt, police said.

Monitor photographer honored by hunger group

Monitor staff photographer Melanie Stetson Freeman received the 1987 World Hunger Year Media Award for Best Photojournalism, presented Monday night at a private ceremony before a concert given at Carnegie Hall, New York. The award, presented for Ms. Freeman's work on the Monitor's ``Children in Darkness: the exploitation of innocence'' series, is sponsored by World Hunger Year Inc., a nonprofit organization founded by the late performer and humanitarian Harry Chapin.

For the record

Charles Manatt, former Democratic Party chief, signed on as national chairman of Sen. Paul Simon's presidential campaign yesterday. Rear Adm. John Poindexter, President Reagan's former national-security adviser and a key figure in the Iran-contra scandal, retired from the Navy last week as a two-star rear admiral, officials said yesterday.

The US House of Representatives refused Tuesday to lift a ban on providing military equipment to Guatemala, even though the Central American nation is now ruled by a civilian government.

Fiji's prime minister, Ratu Sir Kemasese Mara, announced a 21-member Cabinet yesterday, and the Army commander, Brig. Sitiveni Rabuka was named as the minister of home affairs.

Art Agnos, a former social worker, defeated John Molinari in Tuesday's runoff in San Francisco's mayoral elections.

In last Thursday's Monitor, an item on the News-in-Brief page said a World Hunger Year Media award was sponsored by the late performer and humanitarian Harry Chapin. While World Hunger Year Inc. was founded by Mr. Chapin, the awards are sponsored by singer Kenny Rogers and his wife, Marianne.