Sunday, February 24, 2008

All 46 on Venezuela Plane Killed in Crash

A Venezuelan passenger plane slammed into a steep mountainside in the Andes, killing all 46 people on board. The twin-engine plan was shattered to bits upon impact, leaving only its tail largely intact and a swath of charred ground amid scrub brush at an altitude of 13,500 feet. The French-made ATR 42-300 carrying 43 passengers and three crew members crashed Thursday shortly after takeoff from the Andean city of Merida, a popular tourist destination wedged between soaring mountain peaks.

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