At Least 33 Survive Venezuelan Plane Crash

Up to 18 people were killed
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 13, 2010 11:47 AM CDT
The wreckage of an airplane of a state airline Conviasa is seen on the ground after it crashed.   (AP Photo/Nicolas Serratto, Correo del Caroni)
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(Newser) – A plane carrying 51 people from a Caribbean island crashed today in eastern Venezuela, and officials said 33 survived, while the rest were killed or missing. At least 14 people were killed and four were missing in the crash about six miles from the eastern city of Puerto Ordaz, officials said.

The French-built ATR-42 from the state airline Conviasa slammed into a lot used by the state-run Sidor steel foundry, leaving its smashed fuselage among barrels and shipping containers. The plane, a twin-engine turboprop, was carrying 47 passengers and four crew members. The Conviasa Flight 2350 had taken off from Margarita Island and crashed shortly before reaching its destination, the airport of Puerto Ordaz. It was unclear what caused the crash.

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