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15 September 2010 :: 10:09:43 am 38672

Fifteen Die in Tragic Venezuelan Plane Crash, 31 Survivors

Fifteen people have died including a six year old British boy after a state owned Airline Conviasa crashed on wasteland, ten kilometers from Puerto Ordaz, Venezuela.
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Venezuela, 14th September 2010:  A Conviasa ATR-42 turboprop Airplane carrying 47 passengers and 4 crew members was on a domestic flight from Manuel Carlos Piar Airport, near Ciudad Guayana before it crashed minutes after takeoff, killing 15 passengers including a six year old British boy travelling with his parents who both survived the incident. Thirty passengers and crew survived the impact.

The airplane went down on wasteland used for storing industrial materials belonging to Sidor Steelworks. All employees at the plant escaped injuries and were among the first at the scene, helping with the rescue of survivors.

The cause of the crash has not yet been identified, but officials say the pilot reported a technical problem shortly before the disaster which left the plane in pieces and ablaze.

Rescuers arrived at the scene with medical support and helicopters to transport the wounded to local hospitals. Most of the survivors of the blazing wreckage suffered burns though none were thought to be life threatening.

ATR aircraft are produced by a European consortium composed of EADS and Alenia and is based in Toulouse, France which employs around 850 people and considered a global leader in the manufacturer of small turbo propelled planes. The company has received over 1,000 orders from 150 companies in 80 countries since its creation.

Venezuela’s last major plane crash was in February 2008 and also involved an ATR-42-300 in which 46 people lost their lives.

Reggie Colbeck

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