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At least 30 survive Venezuela plane crash

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At least 30 survive Venezuela plane crash
Cause still unknown, pilot radioed that aircraft was in difficulty
September 13, 2010
CBC News

At least 30 people are reported to have survived when a Conviasa plane carrying 47 people crashed Monday during a domestic flight in Venezuela.
A plane, shown in this image taken from television, crashed in Venezuela Monday.A plane, shown in this image taken from television, crashed in Venezuela Monday.

Bolivar state Gov. Francisco Rangel Gomez told Venezuela-based television network Telesur that survivors were being treated in local hospitals.

"We still don't know the exact cause," Gomez told state TV, adding that the pilot had radioed warning the plane was in difficulty.

A Reuters witness at a nearby Puerto Ordaz hospital said 30 survivors — and two corpses — had been brought in from the crash site where wreckage was still smoldering after the mid-morning accident, hampering rescue efforts.

The aircraft went down about 10 kilometres east of the city of Puerto Ordaz in the eastern part of Venezuela. It was heading to the Caribbean tourist island of Margarita with 43 passengers and four crew on board.

The plane crashed onto property belonging to Sidor, which has a large mill and land near Ciudad Guayana, said Transportation Minister Francisco Garces.

Conviasa is Venezuela's state-owned airline, headquartered near Caracas. It has been in operation since 2004.

In the last major crash in Venezuela in 2008, a plane belonging to private local airline Santa Barbara with 46 passengers on board crashed into mountains. There were no survivors.

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Conviasa plane crashes in Venezuela with 47 on board

A plane belonging to state-run Venezuelan airline Conviasa crashed during a domestic flight today, and there are reports of survivors amongst the 43 passengers and four crew members.

According to transport minister Francisco Garces, rescue teams are headed to the site. The plane, which was traveling to the Caribbean tourist island
of Margarita from the city of Ciudad Guayana, is said to have crashed on a property owned by Sidor, a government steel maker. The BBC gave details on the flight and a possible cause for the crash:

Transport Minister Francisco Garces told state television that the aircraft had crashed at about 1000 local time (1430 GMT), some 10km (six miles) from Puerto Ordaz, a suburb of Ciudad Guayana where the airport is located… Mr Garces said the pilots had reported technical problems.

Bolivar State Governor Francisco Rangel Gomez told news channel Telesur that 23 survivors had been taken to local hospitals after the crash. It is not currently clear how many people may have survived the incident.

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Conviasa aircraft crashes in eastern Venezuela
13 September 2010

A passenger plane with 47 people on board has crashed in eastern Venezuela.

The ATR 42 twin-turboprop, belonging to the state airline Conviasa, came down shortly after leaving Manuel Carlos Piar airport, outside Ciudad Guayana.

Bolivar State Governor Francisco Rangel Gomez said at least 23 survivors were being treated in hospital. Unconfirmed reports said 13 people had been killed.

The pilots of the aircraft, en route to the island of Margarita, reported technical problems before it crashed.

"We still don't know the exact cause," Mr Gomez told state television.

Transport Minister Francisco Garces said the short-haul airliner crashed at about 1000 local time (1430 GMT), some 10km (six miles) from Puerto Ordaz, a suburb of Ciudad Guayana where the airport is located.
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The plane, which had 43 passengers and four crew on board, went down on wasteland owned by the state-run Sidor steel mill, he added.

Mr Gomez said the area was used to store barrels of material used in the steel industry, and that no Sidor workers had been hurt. The mill has since been evacuated.

The director of the local Uyapar hospital, Yanitza Rodriguez, told local media that at least two people had been killed.

But the head of the local fire brigade told the Reuters news agency that at least 13 people had so far been confirmed dead.

In the last major air crash in Venezuela in 2008, a plane crashed into the Andes mountains in the west of the country, killing all 46 people on board.

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Venezuelan Plane Crashes After Takeoff
Monday September 13, 2010
David Williams, Sky News Online

At least 25 people are feared dead after a passenger plane crashed shortly after takeoff in Venezuela.

The plane is believed to have fallen on the site of a state-run steel factory

Officials confirmed 22 of the 47 people aboard the domestic flight are being treated in hospital.

The plane, which belongs to the state-run airline Conviasa, is reported to have fallen 12 minutes after taking off from Manuel Carlos Piar Guayana Airport, in the eastern city of Puerto Ordaz.

Transportation Minister Francisco Garces told state television the plane went down on a state-run steel factory about six miles from Puerto Ordaz.

He said the flight, which was carrying 43 passengers and four crew, was travelling north to the resort city of Isla Margarita.

The cause of the crash remains unknown.

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Crash: Conviasa AT42 near Puerto Ordaz, loss of control

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Crash: Conviasa AT42 near Puerto Ordaz, loss of control
By Simon Hradecky
Sep 13th 2010

A Conviasa Aerospatiale ATR-42-300, registration YV1010 performing flight V0-2351 from Puerto Ordaz to Porlamar (Venezuela) with 43 passengers and 4 crew, impacted ground about 9 kilometers (5nm) from the airport while attempting an emergency landing. There have been a number of survivors and a number of fatalities.

The airline reported 43 passengers and 4 crew on board of the aircraft.

Venezuela's Minister of Transport and Communciation said, YV1010 had taken off from the airport with 43 passengers and 4 crew and requested to return about 6nm from the airport. The airplane impacted a waste dump near an entrance gate of the Venzuelean steel works Sidor about 9km west of the airport. At the time of the statement he confirmed 2 fatalities and a number of survivors, the actual numbers were unclear.

The local governor of the state of Bolivar said, that the crew reported control problems and then loss of control shortly before impact. There have been no casualties on the ground. 47 passengers and 4 crew were on board, 11 people have perished, 23 have been taken to local hospitals.

The hospitals reported, that of the 23 injured taken to the hospitals two have succumbed to their injuries.

Media in Venezuela report, that 13 people have been killed, 23 survivors were taken to hospitals. The remaining people are unaccounted for.

Ground witnesses reported, that the airplane attempted to return to the airport but got entangled with a high voltage line before impacting ground. Although the airplane fell into a crowded area, there have been no casualties and injuries on the ground.

The ATR-42-300s of Conviasa feature 46 passenger seats.

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Conviasa ATR-42 crashes in Venezuela; 14 reported killed
By Linda Blachly
September 14, 2010

A Conviasa Airlines ATR-42 en route from Porlamar to Puerto Ordaz near Ciudad Guayana in eastern Venezuela was destroyed Monday when it crashed in an industrial area about 8-10 km. from the PZO runway to which it was headed.

According to Venezuelan authorities, 47 passengers and four crew members were aboard the state-owned airline's turboprop and 14 are confirmed dead. Transport Minister Francisco Garces Da Silva told state television that "the aircraft recorded a failure that made it hurtle into the ground," according to Mexico's El Universal.

Francisco Rangel Gomez, governor of the state of Bolivar (where Puerto Ordaz is located), said the captain had sent a message to ATC stating he was having trouble controlling the aircraft, according to multiple reports. Accuweather.com noted that "thunderstorms appeared to be in the area at the time of a plane crash in eastern Venezuela Monday."

The aircraft was powered by Pratt & Whitney Canada PW120 engines and first flew in 1994, Flight Safety Foundation's Aviation Safety Network reported. The crash comes just over two years after a Conviasa 737-200 that was not carrying passengers crashed on approach to Latacunga in Ecuador, killing both pilots (ATW Daily News, Sept. 3, 2008).

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More survivors in Venezuela plane crash
36 now reported alive, 15 dead; turboprop was coming from tourist island
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Plane crashes in Venezuela
9/13/2010

CARACAS, Venezuela — A plane carrying 51 people crashed Monday in a steel mill yard in eastern Venezuela, killing 15 people on board, officials said.

Workers at the state-run Sidor steel foundry pulled people from the smoking wreckage of the plane owned by Venezuelan state airline Conviasa, and officials said 36 passengers and crew survived.

Foundry worker Frank Oliveros, 44, said he saw a huge billow of smoke after the crash, then saw the wreckage through the smoke and joined dozens of fellow employees and firefighters who rushed to the scene.

"I don't remember names ... faces," Oliveros told The Associated Press by telephone. "Our only interest was getting all the people out of there alive."

The partially scorched fuselage of French-built ATR 42 rested among barrels and shipping containers.

At least 15 people were killed after the crash about six miles (10 kilometers) from the eastern city of Puerto Ordaz, Bolivar state Gov. Francisco Rangel Gomez told reporters. Forensic experts have yet to identify six of the bodies, he said.

"A miracle occurred today," said Rangel Gomez, referring to the number of survivors.

The bodies of all the victims have been located, but authorities have not yet identified them all, Rangel Gomez said.

It was unclear what caused the crash.

The plane, a twin-engine turboprop, was carrying 47 passengers and four crew members, Rangel Gomez said. Only one of the crew members survived, he said.

He said that Conviasa Flight 2350 had taken off from Margarita Island — a Caribbean island that is one of Venezuela's top tourist destinations — and crashed shortly before reaching its destination, the airport of Puerto Ordaz.

The state airline, Consorcio Venezolano de Industrias Aeronauticas y Servicios Aeros SA, began operations in 2004. It says it serves destinations in Venezuela, the Caribbean, Argentina, Iran and Syria.

Transportation Minister Francisco Garces told state television that President Hugo Chavez has been closely monitoring the situation.

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ATR joins Venezuelan crash investigation; death toll reaches 17
Linda Blachly
September 15, 2010

Venezuelan officials raised the death toll from Monday's Conviasa Airlines ATR 42 crash (ATW Daily News, Sept. 14) from 15 to 17, saying that two people who survived at first succumbed to serious injuries on Tuesday.

ATR said in a statement that the aircraft had accumulated more than 25,000 flight hr. on more than 27,000 flights. It first flew in 1994 and the state-owned Venezuelan carrier had operated it since October 2006. The manufacturer said it would provide "full technical assistance" to Venezuelan authorities leading the crash investigation. The French BEA will also provide support.

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Crashed ATR 42 May Have Had Control Problems
Sep 14, 2010
By Max Kingsley-Jones

The crew of a Conviasa ATR 42 which crashed on Sept. 13 as it approached its destination may have been experiencing control difficulties shortly before the accident, say reports.

The 16-year old aircraft, an ATR 42-320 (YV-1010), came down at around 10:00 a.m. local in Puerto Ordaz, close to its planned destination of Ciudad Guayana in south-eastern Venezuela. Forty seven passengers and four crew were on board the aircraft, which was operating a scheduled flight from Porlamar on Margarita Island.

According to reports, at least 15 of the 51 occupants were killed in the accident.

ATR says that the cause of the accident is unknown and is providing full technical assistance to the investigation effort, which is being led by the Venezuelan authorities.

Press reports, citing the regional disaster response chief Jose Garcia, say that the crew reported control problems just before the crash, which occurred about six miles from the airport.

The ATR 42 involved was delivered in February 1994 and had accumulated over 25,000 flight hours in more than 27,000 flights, says ATR. It had been operated by Conviasa since October 2006. This is the seventh fatal accident involving the type.

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Pilot's warning alerted emergency crew, saved lives
Sep 15, 2010

Fifteen people died in a plane crash on Monday in eastern Venezuela but 36 others miraculously survived after the pilot alerted air traffic control that something was wrong moments before disaster the plane went down.

The Conviasa Airlines ATR-42-300 plane, carrying 47 passengers and four crew from the Venezuelan Caribbean resort island of Margarita, burst into flames as it hit the ground near a steel works owned by Sidor, in mainland Bolivar state.

Most of the survivors sustained burns and were traumatised by the event but none sustained life-threatening injuries, Transport and Communications Minister Francisco Garces said.

Officials said the quick response by the emergency services after the pilot warned air traffic control that the flight was in trouble prevented a higher death toll.

Rescuers arrived at the scene with helicopters and evacuated the wounded to local hospitals that had been placed on alert. A burns unit was also on stand-by to treat those caught in the blazing wreckage. AFP

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