14 Sep 2010

Plane crash in Venezuela

6:09 am on 14 September 2010

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

Transport minister Francisco Garces said the plane, belonging to the state airline Conviasa, came down after leaving Manuel Carlos Piar airport, outside Ciudad Guayana.

However, the director of the Civil Protection agency in the Guayana region says there are survivors.

An unconfirmed report says there are at least 23.

The BBC reports the plane was flying from Ciudad Guayana to Porlamar on Isla Margarita.

The pilots reported technical problems before the crash.