Venezuela plane crash: At least 23 survivors taken to hospitals
Venezuela plane crash occurred about 6 miles from the eastern city of Puerto Ordaz at about 10 a.m.
A plane carrying at least 47 people crashed shortly after takeoff Monday in eastern Venezuela, and an official said at least 23 people survived.Skip to next paragraph
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The plane from the state airline Conviasa crashed about 6 miles (10 kilometers) from the eastern city of Puerto Ordaz at about 10 a.m. (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.
Forty-three passengers and four crew members were aboard when the plane took off, Garces said.
Garces said the plane was headed to Margarita Island when it crashed shortly after takeoff, for reasons that were unclear.