Four killed in Venezuela plane crash

April 29th, 2008 - 11:05 am ICT by admin  


Caracas, April 29 (IANS) At least four people were killed and eight injured when a small plane crashed into a residential area in northern Venezuela, officials said. The two-engine plane crashed Monday into a three-story house next to a school in Catia La Mar in Vargas province, some 30 km from the capital Caracas, officials said, adding that the pilot had reported engine problems shortly after takeoff.

The plane was travelling from Venezuela’s main airport, Simon Bolivar International Airport in Maiquetia, to the island of Curacao, Spain’s EFE news agency reported Tuesday.

Angel Loreto, commander of the provincial fire service department, said fire fighters had recovered four charred bodies from the crash site and rescued eight injured, including two children.

The cause of the accident was unknown and it was also unclear how many people were on board the private plane.

A spokesman for the Civil Protection Agency said authorities were investigating the cause of the crash. According to them the pilot was trying to return to the airport after the failure of one of the aircraft’s engines.

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