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153 French die in plane crash in Venezuela

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153 French die in plane crash in Venezuela


A Colombian plane carrying 161 people- including 153 French passengers and eight Colombian crew- has crashed in Venezuela. There were no survivors.

As well as the eight crew, the plane was carrying 153 passengers- all of them from the French island of Martinique, and now the French civil aviation authority’s confirmed they were all killed. The MD-82 plane belonged to Colombia’s West Caribbean Airways. It had flown empty to Panama where it picked up the holidaymakers to fly them back to Martinique. After the pilot reported engine problems, it lost altitude and crashed in a remote region near the border with Colombia. French Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin announced that a crisis centre had been set up at the foreign ministry, and that Francois Baroin, the Overseas Territories Minister, was heading to Martinique. This is the second incident this year involving the low-cost airline. In March an aircraft leaving the Colombian island of Providencia hit hills near the runway, killing eight people.
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