UPDATE: 36 of the 51 passengers on the Venezuela’s state run airline- Conviasa that crashed yesterday have survived. The plane came down near the entrance of the Vast Sidor mill on the banks of the Orinoco River. Employees at the steel plant worked quickly to pull survivors from the wreckage.
Puerto Ordaz hospital received injured people and bodies from the crash site. Hospital director Yanitza Rodriguez said many of the injuries were serious.
Original: A plane owned by the government run airline Conviasa crashed today while on a domestic flight. There were 47 people on board.
The turboprop crashed near Puerto Ordaz six miles after take-off from Ciudad Guayana, Transportation Minister Francisco Garces told reporters.
“We have some survivors who are being taken to hospitals,” added Civil Protection Director Jose Zamora.
A local official confirmed 23 of the 47 people aboard the domestic flight are being treated in hospital.
The plane reportedly went down 12 minutes after taking off from Manuel Carlos Pier Guyana Airport, in the eastern city of Puerto Ordaz. With 43 passengers and four crew were travelling north to Margarita Island.