Photo: Los Roques Airplane Crash
A twin-engine passenger plane that went missing after crashing in 2008 has been found underwater near Venezuela in the Caribbean Sea.
On January 4, 2008, a Transaven Airline plane with 14 people on board was traveling from the Simon Bolivar International Airport to the Venezuelan resort island of Los Roques when the pilot reported engine problems. This is the same area where the plane carrying fashion executive Vittorio Missoni went missing earlier this year.
The missing plane was found 3,000 miles under the sea nearly 6 miles from the coast of Los Roques. A U.S. lead search team located the plane. The passenger plane was carrying five Venezuelans, eight Italians and a Swiss national.
Four days afer the crash the pilot’s body was found but there was no sign of the plane or the other passengers until now.
Los Roques is a archipelago made up of 350 islands that is popular with international tourists. The national park has countless animal species, flora and fauna with very few permanent inhabitants. Tourists come for the fishing, underwater sports and wildlife watching. The Gran Roque is the main settlement of the park located less than 100 miles north of Caracas in the Caribbean Sea.
A 40-minute flight from Caracas will get you there.