Plane crashes off Venezuela with 14 aboard

A plane crashed into the sea off Venezuela Friday with 14 people on board, including eight Italians and a Swiss citizen. There was no immediate report on casualties. Search teams fanned out by air and sea to look for the downed twin-engine plane, which left Simon Bolivar International Airport near Caracas and hit the sea about 24 miles (39 kilometers) from Los Roques islands, said Gen. Antonio Rivero, Venezuela's emergency management director. Italy's foreign ministry said eight Italians were on board. Rivero's agency said there were five Venezuelans on board, including the pilot and co-pilot, as well as one Swiss man. The agency initially said he was American but later confirmed that he holds Swiss nationality.