Venezuelan Plane With 51 Aboard Crashes After Takeoff; 14 Dead, 23 Injured – Bloomberg

Venezuelan Plane With 51 Aboard Crashes Near Airport; 15 Dead, 36 Injured

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Fifteen people were killed and dozens of passengers were taken to hospitals after a plane crash landed and burst into flames in eastern Venezuela. 

“There are exactly 36 people who are, thanks to God, still among us and 15 people who died,” Bolivar state Governor Francisco Rangel Gomez said on state television this evening.
The accident occurred at 9:50 a.m. as the ATR-42 turboprop operated by state airline Conviasa was nearing its destination of Ciudad Guayana, 330 miles southeast of Caracas, after having taken off from Margarita Island. The pilot reported he was having problems controlling the turboprop before the crash, according to the regional disaster response chief, Jose Garcia.
A photograph published online by Globovison showed the charred remnants of the plane after it crashed near a steel mill owned by Siderurgica del Orinoco. The aircraft broke into pieces after coming down in an empty lot 6 miles from the airport.
Representatives of the French airplane manufacturer Avions de Transport Regional will visit the site to investigate the cause of the accident, Transport Minister Francisco Garces said. ATR is a joint venture of European Aeronautic, Defense & Space Co. and Finmeccanica SpA.
Rangel Gomez said one worker from the steel mill climbed into the plane shortly after it crashed and pulled out survivors. The worker was being treated for smoke inhalation, Rangel Gomez said.
Government officials had originally said that the airplane from flying to Margarita Island from Ciudad Guayana.
Venezuela’s last major aviation disaster was in February 2008, when an airplane belonging to Santa Barbara Airlines crashed in the Andes mountains near the city of Merida, killing all 46 people on board.
To contact the reporter on this story: Charlie Devereux in Caracas at cdevereux3@bloomberg.net; Corina Pons in Caracas at crpons@bloomberg.net

Venezuelan Plane With 51 Aboard Crashes After Takeoff; 14 Dead, 23 Injured – Bloomberg

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