Venezuelan cargo plane crashes in Ecuador Andes

A Venezuela cargo plane crashed in Ecuador's central Andes mountains shortly before it was to land, killing the three crew members on board, officials said Sunday. The Boeing 737-200, operated by state-owned Venezuelan carrier Conviasa, lost contact with air traffic controllers late Saturday night five minutes before it was to land in the town of Latacunga, where it was scheduled to undergo maintenance, Ecuador's Civil Aviation Director Gen. Jorge Zurita told reporters. Zurita said the plane reported that it had begun preparing for descent and then lost contact with the control tower. The wreckage with the bodies of the two Venezuelan pilots and a mechanic were found Sunday in a remote area 22 miles (35 kilometers) from Latacunga, said Diego Valencia, Red Cross chief in Quito.