Plane crash in Venezuela

A plane crash usually attracts audience, so as soon as one happens, it’s all over the news. Let’s say you’ve read the headline above, about an accident that happened today in Venezuela: what questions would you expect the article to answer?
  • Who? Who was involved?
  • What? What happened (what’s the story)?
  • Where? Where did it take place?
  • When? When did it take place?
  • Why? Why did it happen?
  • How? How did it happen?
  • Read the articles and watch the video below, taken from various sources on the Internet, and try to answer those questions. After that, would you ask any other questions?

    Remember: pilots have to be able to ask questions about aircraft accidents and also to report them to the authorities if necessary.

    CARACAS — Fourteen people were killed in a plane crash in Venezuela Monday, a local governor said, adding that 33 people had survived the accident and another four were yet to be accounted for. The Conviasa Airline plane was en route to the resort city of Isla Margarita when it went down about six miles (10 kilometers) from Puerto Ordaz, carrying 47 passengers and four crew.

    At Least 4 Reported Dead in Venezuela Plane Crash – VOA News13 September 2010 – Officials in Venezuela say at least four people have been killed in a plane crash in the eastern part of the country. Local officials say there are at least 21 survivors in the crash of the ATR-42 owned by state-run airline Conviasa.  The plane was carrying about 50 people and was traveling between the island of Margarita and the industrial city of Puerto Ordaz when it went down, crashing on the property of the state-run Sidor steel mill near Ciudad Guayana. The local governor, Francisco Rangel Gomez, says the pilot had sent out a distress call, but the cause of the crash is not clear.

    At least 13 killed in Venezuela plane crash – 2:06pm EDT – By German Dam – PUERTO ORDAZ, Venezuela (Reuters) – A passenger plane owned by Venezuela’s state-run airline Conviasa crashed with about 50 people on board on Monday, killing at least 13 as it came down just outside a steel mill. The ATR-42 plane was on a domestic route between the Caribbean island of Margarita and the southern industrial city Puerto Ordaz when it crashed near the gates of the vast Sidor mill on the banks of the Orinoco river. “We still don’t know the exact cause,” local governor Francisco Rangel Gomez told state TV, adding that the pilot had radioed warning the plane was in difficulty. “I hope we are able find more survivors.” Jose Bonalde, head of fire services and the scene, told Reuters that 13 corpses had been removed from the plane. A nearby Puerto Ordaz hospital received 21 injured people and two corpses from the crash site, where twisted and charred wreckage of the turboprop plane was still smoldering after the mid-morning accident. Hospital director Yanitza Rodriguez said many of the survivors were seriously injured. Gomez put the number of survivors at least 23. He said 51 people were on the Conviasa flight, while Transport Minister Francisco Garces earlier had said 47 were on board. ATR, which makes 40-70 seat twin-engined turboprops, is a joint venture between Airbus parent company EADS and Italian aerospace group Finmeccanica. Officials said the crash did not cause any injuries or damage to Sidor’s installations. “The plane fell on a waste area where they put barrels of unused steel materials,” governor Gomez said. In the last major crash in Venezuela in 2008, another ATR-42 belonging to private local airline Santa Barbara with 46 passengers on board crashed into mountains, with no survivors. The Conviasa plane was flying flight number 2350 and carried the registration YV1010.


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