BREAKING NEWS: 21 Survive After Plane With 51 On Board Crashes - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

BREAKING NEWS: 21 Survive After Plane With 51 On Board Crashes

CARACAS, Venezuela — A commercial plane carrying at least 51 people crashed shortly after take-off Monday in eastern Venezuela, and officials said at least 21 people survived.

The ATR-42 turboprop from the government-run airline Conviasa crashed near Puerto Ordaz and about 10 miles after take-off, Transportation Minister Francisco Garces told reporters.

"We have some survivors," added Civil Protection Director Jose Zamora.

Officials intially reported 47 people on board and at least 23 survivors, but two of the injured later died.

The plane went down on the property of the government-run Sidor steel foundry.

Rescue workers were tending to injured victims, and survivors were taken to hospitals, Bolivar state Gov. Francisco Rangel Gomez told the Venezuela-based television network Telesur.
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