Venezuela: Plane crashes with 51 aboard

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
September 13, 2010 20:05

CARACAS, Venezuela – A plane which carried 51 people crashed Monday in eastern Venezuela, and officials said at least 21 people survived.

The French-built ATR-42 from the state airline Conviasa crashed about 6 miles (10 kilometers) from the eastern city of Puerto Ordaz at about 10 a.m. (1430 GMT), Transportation Minister Francisco Garces told state television. He said the plane went down on the property of the state-run Sidor steel foundry.

Rescue workers were tending to injured victims, and at least 23 survivors were taken to hospitals, Bolivar state Gov. Francisco Rangel Gomez told the Venezuela-based television network Telesur.

Two of the injured died, while 21 others were being treated, hospital official Yanitza Rodriguez said.

The plane, a twin-engine turboprop, was carrying 47 passengers and four crew members, Rangel Gomez said.


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