September 13th, 2010
12:58 PM ET

Plane crashes in Venezuela, 14 dead

[Updated at 2:38 p.m.] Governor of Bolivar state said on VTV that 14 people are confirmed dead in the plane crash.

[Updated at 12:58 p.m.] Of those 23 people taken to the hospital, two died, said Yanitza Rodriguez, director of the Hospital Uyapar. The other 21 people were being treated, she said.

Aerial photographs show it crashed in an industrial junkyard.

A man who identified himself as Ivan Maradey told CNN he witnessed the crash and saw the plane tumble into some power lines before hitting the ground and exploding. There were conflicting reports over how many people were aboard.

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Read continuing coverage of the plane crash in Venezuela here.

[Updated at 12:10 p.m.] Twenty-three people were taken to local hospitals in the city of Guayana, said Bolivar state Gov. Francisco Rangel Gomez.

The plane crashed about 6 miles (10 km) from the airport in Guayana, said Rangel Gomez.

[Updated at 11:37 a.m.] The aircraft belongs to the government-owned Conviasa airline and crashed in Bolivar state, in southeastern Venezuela, said civil protection official Jose Zamora.

Zamora said there may have been survivors.

Initial information indicates there were 43 passengers and four crew members on board, said Francisco Garces, the Venezuelan minister of transportation and communication.

Both officials made their comments on the CNN-affiliate Globovision TV station.

No further information was immediately available.

[Posted at 11:15 a.m.] An airplane with more than 45 passengers and crew crashed Monday morning in Venezuela, government officials said.

There was no immediate information on casualties or survivors.

This story is developing. We'll bring you the latest information as soon as we get it.

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  1. GuerillaGorilla

    Well, they'd better move quick, otherwise the survivors might be taken hostage by the crime lords for "tresspassing" in their jungles.

    September 13, 2010 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
  2. Jorge Perdigao

    ATR 42 owned buy Conviasa

    September 13, 2010 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
  3. Keithsix

    Let me see plane crashes...! No report of casualities or suvivors, Hmm 99% chance they are all dead. Flying is not as safe as people makes it out to be If the plane goes down there is not options.

    September 13, 2010 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
    • Potter (no really, last name is Potter)

      not safe? you have heard the odds of having a plane crash are less than that of being struck by lightening?

      September 13, 2010 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
    • Guest

      Flying is safer than driving your car, if you fly in one of the top 25 airlines you have a 1 in 9.2 million chance of dying, the bottom 25 you have a 1 in 843,744 chance of dying...please, realize the media only reports on all the planes that didn't make it...not on the other million that land safely everyday...

      September 13, 2010 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
    • Guest

      btw, these statistics can be found at http://www.planecrashinfo.com/cause.htm

      September 13, 2010 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
    • grace

      Seems to me that there have been an unusual amount of planes going down lately. I wonder if they have been sabotaged in some way...hmmm!

      September 13, 2010 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
  4. dclayt1

    The 3 messages above mine were posted by morons.

    September 13, 2010 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
  5. Pat

    I really hate to hear that. It seems like so many airplanes have crashed lately over in other countries. Will be praying for them all

    September 13, 2010 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
  6. WinchLock

    I hope there is no loss of life, and if there is that it stays minimal. Either way, my thoughts are with those who were on the plane and their families.

    September 13, 2010 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
  7. Potter (no really, last name is Potter)

    Depending on where this plane originated from, the effect will vary. If this plane was coming from the United States, We will hear much more about this over the next few days. If it was simply a South American flight, then we won't hear much more after today, Sad but true fact that Americans are narcissists. Good luck to any survivors, they need it now.

    September 13, 2010 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
  8. Remember the Polish Government Crash

    CNN, you tell us the significant passengers on the plane, and we'll tell you why it crashed, okay?

    September 13, 2010 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
  9. A 20-Year Pilot of 747s

    Almost every airline is skimping on maintenance, using non-standard parts or extending their maintenance intervals, because basically all but a few airlines worldwide are going bust. Expect a much larger number of crashes in the next 5-10 years. 10 years from now, there'll basically only be a few global airline groups left. All the others will be bust or taken over.

    September 13, 2010 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
  10. Sergio

    This was not a crash, it was a forced landing and there are news of many survivors being taken to local hospitals. You can google "El Universal, Venezuela" for more up to date news than CNN. http://www.eluniversal.com/2010/09/13/suc_ava_avion-de-conviasa-se_13A4460811.shtml

    September 13, 2010 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
  11. Peter Z

    Flight was a Conviasa ATR42 covering a flight between Ciudad Guayana (Puerto Ordaz) and Porlamar (Margarita Island) with 47 SOB. Accident ocurred approximately 5 minutes after takeoff from PZO. No other information available at this time.

    September 13, 2010 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
  12. Peter Z

    Apparently the flight was attempting a return to the Airport and crashed into the SIDOR a Steel Plant located approximately 4-5 nm west-northwest of the Airport. There may be casualties on the ground depending on where in the Steel Plant compound the aircraft crased.

    September 13, 2010 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
  13. TINA

    I COMPLETELY AGREE MORONS N COLD HEARTED RUTHLESS PEOPLE THAT DON'T CARE OR VALUE THE MEANING OF LIFE! HOPE N PRAY THAT ALL R FOUND SAFE N OK N MAYBE SOME TREES JUST CAUGHT THE PLANE N ALL COME OFF SAFE! THAT'S WHAT'S WRONG WITH THE WORLD THE STUPID COLD HEARTED SELFISH MIRANDA LIKE ABOVE! IF THERE FAMILY R LOVED 1'S WERE ON PLANE WOULD THEY FILL SAME WAY? IF YA WOULD ONLY WAKE UP OUT OF IT COMA'S N REALIZE WE R 1WORLD 1NATION CREATED. BY GOD NO MATTER OUR RACE, RELIGION! DUMBA**'*!! U PEOPLE NEED 2GROW UP N WAKE UP!! 4THE REST OF OUR BEAUTIFUL WORLD MAY U HAVE BEAUTIFUL N BLESSED DAYS ALWAYS!!

    September 13, 2010 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
    • boobs

      thats retarteed who cares it not r life is it now so who cares

      September 13, 2010 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Peter Z

    HOW EVER THE IDIOT IS THAT IS LAUGHING AT THIS TRAGEDY IS A MORON!!!!!!

    September 13, 2010 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
  15. Peter Z

    I certainly hope that EVERYONE survives this accident.

    September 13, 2010 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
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