This is from cnn news wire this evening...
RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (AP) -- Rescue workers searched late Friday for signs of a plane carrying 19 people that disappeared from radar screens near Rio de Janeiro, civil defense officials said.
The small double-propeller plane belonging to the local Team airline went missing after leaving the city of Macae, 180 kilometers (110 miles) east of Rio de Janeiro, said Roni Alberto de Azevedo, a spokesman with the Rio de Janeiro State Civil Defense Department.
The plane was carrying 17 passengers and two crew members.
Local media said rural workers in a mountainous region between Macae and Rio de Janeiro reported hearing an explosion after a plane flew very low overhead.
Brazilian airport authority Infraero said the plane -- a LET 410 model -- disappeared near Saquarema, some 100 kilometers (60 miles) east of Rio.
Authorities said the plane left Macae 5:19 p.m. local time and was expected to less than an hour later at Rio de Janeiro's Santos Dumont international airport.
Several rescue workers were dispatched to the region, but no signs of the wreckage had been found by 11:30 p.m. local time.