ANN REAL TIME NEWS: 0950 EDT -- Venezuelan authorities
now say a Western Caribbean Airways MD-82 carrying 152 passengers
and as many as eight crew members crashed in the jungle about
20-miles from the Colombian border Tuesday. No one aboard is
thought to have survived.
Francisco Paz, president of the National Aviation
Institute, said authorities in the tower at the Caracas airport
lost contact with the plane about ten minutes after the pilot
reported trouble with both engines. At the time, it was flying
neaer Machiques, 400 miles west of Caracas in the border state of
"Residents in the area said they heard an explosion,''
Paz said, quoted by the AP.
Interior Minister Jesse Chacon said, "It's very unlikely there
could be survivors.''
0750 EDT -- A passenger aircraft with at least 152 people on
boad has crashed in Venezuela, according to local media
The Western Caribbean Airways plane, type unkown, was reportedly
headed from Panama to Martinique, according to an aviation official
in Caracas. The pilot reported engine problems to the airport in
The aircraft went down along the border between Venezuela and
Colombia -- a rugged area rife with rebels.