Plane crashes in Venezuela with 47 aboard

The plane from the state airline Conviasa crashed about 6 miles (10 kilometres) from the eastern city of Puerto Ordaz at about 10 am (1430 GMT), Transportation Minister Francisco Garces told state television. He said the plane went down on the property of the state-run Sidor steel foundry.

Rescue workers were tending to injured victims, state emergency management director Jose Zamora told the Venezuelan television channel Globovision. He did not say how many had survived.

Forty-three passengers and four crew members were aboard, Garces said.Garces said the plane was headed to Margarita Island when it crashed shortly after takeoff, for reasons that were unclear

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