Skip to comments.Plane Carrying 46 Missing in Venezuela
Posted on 02/21/2008 5:54:26 PM PST by halosfan2002
Plane Carrying 46 Missing in Venezuela
Prayers for those souls on board the missing plane.
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — A commercial jetliner with 43 people on board was reported missing in western Venezuela on Thursday, officials said.
Noel Marquez, director of Venezuela’s emergency management agency in the western city of Merida, said the twin-engine plane did not make contact with control towers in two cities as expected after it took off from Merida en route to Simon Bolivar International Airport outside of Caracas.
“It did not make contact with the control towers,” Marquez said.
But, we all know that our CIA is grossly incompetent and spends most of its high profile work time leaking to the NY Times the precious information that should be held sacred and protecting Americans.
In 46 persons aboard the aircraft: 43 passengers and 3 crew members. Albino The pilot and the copilot Garabito Denis Ferreira.
ACTUALIZACION: 10:00 PM UPDATE: 10:00 PM The Agency confirms FrancePress versions that residents of the area saw the plane crash:
A commercial airliner disappeared Thursday with 46 people on board would have crashed into the sector Coyado del Condor in the Venezuelan Andes (southwest), as reported residents of the place that witnessed the accident, told AFP the director of Civil Defense of Merida, Nelsón Marquez.
"We received a phone call from some people in the sector. At this time rescue crews are going to the area to confirm the information, "said Marquez, who pointed out that the accident site is located 4,750 meters above sea level, near the lagoon The Pernada.
Plane is an ATR-42 turbo prop, picture of the plane here http://myaviation.net/search/photo_search.php?id=01118324&size=medium
Only if you wish the other 45 no harm :>} Hugo gone would free a lot of people and rid us of a potential regional Hitler wannabe.
CARACAS (AFP)--A Venezuelan airliner that went missing with 46 people on board apparently crashed in the Andean region of Coyado del Condor Thursday, a regional civil defense official told AFP, citing witnesses in the area.
I hope they find them before the survivors start eating each other.
Would all idiots please refrain from celebrating the probable deaths of some people who have nothing to do with the disgusting government of Hugo Chavez, and probably voted against him, since they could afford airline tickets?
Some facts of the flight:
- It was scheduled for its departure at 16:50 (21:20 GMT), and arrival al 18:15 to CCS.
- There were 46 pax on board (43 pax + 3 crew). In the pax list there is a politician, his son and a journalist.
- The ceiling at the moment of the crash was 13.000 feet, and the doomed plane reported on the Observatory nearby Merida (a standard visual procedure). Then, contact was lost.
- None of the airports nearby (El Vigia, Valera, Barquisimeto, Barinas) received any distress call.
- The crew seemed to be qualified (It's been said that the pilot was a senior ATR Captain in Santa Barbara)
I will keep you informed if I have further news. My prayers with the relatives and friends of the passengers and crew.
http://www.airliners.net/discussions/general_aviation/read.main/3856132/ Reply 23. Could just be hearsay for all I know.
Prayers for their safety.
Was thinking the same thing.
What’s Santa Barbara Airlines?
Santa Barbara Airlines is an airline based in Caracas, Venezuela. It operates scheduled domestic and international services. Its main base is Simón Bolívar International Airport (CCS), Maiquetía, with a hub at La Chinita International Airport (MAR), Maracaibo
Rescue crews were racing to the poorly accessible crash site in the Andes Mountains at an altitude of 4,750 metres in Paramo Piedra, where the wreckage was spotted from the air after a search for the missing Santa Barbara Airlines ATR-42, Venezuelan officials said.
There was no immediate word about the fate of the passengers and crew.
The twin-engine propeller plane reportedly disappeared from radar screens during a Venezuelan domestic flight from Merida to Maiquetia. There were no radio communications from the plane after it vanished about 40 minutes into the scheduled two-hour trip.
I have flown in that region of the Venezuelan Andes...literally you can touch thse peaks they are so close.
"According to AFP, inhabitants of the Andes saw the plane crash Santa Barbara Airlines
A commercial airliner disappeared Thursday with 46 people on board would have crashed into the sector Coyado del Condor in the Venezuelan Andes (southwest), as reported residents of the place that witnessed the accident, told AFP the director of Civil Defense of Merida, Noel Marquez.
"We received a phone call from some people in the sector. Currently rescue crews are going to the area to confirm the information," said Marquez, who pointed out that the accident site is located 4,750 meters above sea level, The pond near the Pernada.
This information was confirmed by Antonio Rivero, national director of Civil Defence, who said that "it was located at a place of the moor." In addition, he said the state unaware of the plane as well as that of their passengers.
The National Institute of Civil Aeronautics (INAC) reported that at the end of Thursday, reported the disappearance of an aircraft type ATR42-300 enrollment YV1449, flight 518, the company Santa Barbara Airlines, which was not declared missing when he arrived at his destination according to the published schedule.
The aircraft took off from Alberto Carnevali airport in the city of Merida at 4:59 pm for the Maiquetía International Airport "Simon Bolivar" with an estimated flight time of 1 hour and 45 minutes, and the same carrying on 43 passengers and 3 crew (pilot, co-pilot and assistant board).
Once submitted the incident, authorities activated immediately operations by the Service Search and Rescue (SAR) of INAC, immediately deploying staff of this service, along with officials from other agencies of the Venezuelan State, and rescue groups among others, to develop search patterns to locate the aircraft.
The authorities of INAC, in conjunction with the Institute of Maiquetía International Airport, are coordinating all matters relating to meet the relatives of passengers on board the flight.
Carlos Ferrer, chief operating officer of La Chinita Airport in Maracaibo, reported that the name of the pilot of the aircraft would be Albino Garabito and the co-pilot Denis Ferreira.
The Globovision correspondent in the area, said it has been confirmed that among the passengers of the aircraft would be devastated by the Mayor of the Municipality of Merida Rangel, Alexander Quintero, with his son eleven years, the internationalist Italo Luongo and two cousins to the deputy minister Citizen Security, Tarek Al Aissaimi.
The director of institutional relations of INAC, Joan Massel Rodriguez indicated that the relatives of the passengers have been moved to a room at the Simon Bolivar International Airport to talk with them but have not handled information on the status of the crew.
The first rescue crew departed on Thursday night from the village of Mucuchíes, one hour from the city of Merida (500 km southwest of Caracas) and not yet arrived at the scene of the accident, said Noel Marquez.
He indicated that it could take between three and three and a half hours to reach the place, "the rugged terrain."
The area recorded strong winds and temperatures of between 2 and 4 degrees Celsius, he added Marquez.
The officer reported that the Venezuelan authorities were trying to confirm Thursday night if the plane made an emergency contact to report and confirmed that early on Friday will join the team two MI17 helicopter rescue model.
The Venezuelan authorities have not provided information on the possible causes of the accident, but at the airport in Merida not discarded that the aircraft had strayed from the course by bad weather.
The Santa Barbara Airlines Company, founded in Maracaibo in 1995, had not suffered so far no accident.
In addition to local flights, the company conducts international flights to eight destinations, including Madrid, Miami, Aruba and Tenerife in the Canary Islands.
Jorge Alvarez, president of the airline Airlains Santa Barbara, said he did not think that the disappearance of the ship is due ravings technical or inability of the pilot.
"That aircraft is the end of 80 years you, the latest generation perfectly maintained, it has a maintenance program that presents the manufacturer and oversees the National Institute of Civil Aeronautics. Although it has not presented any problem that makes us think that technical problems. I can not believe that the pilot did not have jurisdiction, his rating is permanent and there is a clear proof of where they receive training simulators prove to be competent, "he said.
Maiquetia is the federal district.
I pray that Jesus will help and bless the people on the plane.
Thanks for the update. I hope they can mount a S&R mission quickly.
Prayers for the victims and their families.
Thanks. Prayers to the victims and their families and hopes for some survivors.. I’ve been on one of those turboprops in Merida before. They are pretty scary to fly in.
The 8:30 news break said that people in the village nearby heard a loud explosion coming from the mountain after the plane flew past them.
Translated by Google
" This morning were located the wreckage of the aircraft "SANTABARBARA AIRLINES CA", which disappeared yesterday while covering the route Merida - Maiquetía, with 46 people on board. The rescue teams have already reached the area Paramo of Rabbits, instead of the casualty. There are no survivors.
In 46 persons aboard the aircraft: 43 passengers and 3 crew members. Albino The pilot and the copilot Garabito Denis Ferreira. Updated 12:00
Santa Barbara Airlines publicly expresses deep regret at the official confirmation of the casualty of the aircraft ATR-42-300 identified by the initials YV1449, covering the route Caracas-Merida
According to information provided by Civil Protection authorities Merida state, the aircraft was located six miles northeast of the city of Merida, in the area known as "The face of the Indian", hitherto unidentified survivors in the area.
All members of the family of Santa Barbara Airlines, dismayed by this unfortunate incident we join with deep sorrow to all the families of our passengers and colleagues. We have available to the families of all the logistics information, assistance, transportation, lodging and collaboration in everything necessary at this time.
46 Killed in Venezuela Plane Crash
By SANDRA SIERRA 28 minutes ago
MERIDA, Venezuela (AP) A Venezuelan passenger plane slammed into a steep mountainside in the Andes, killing all 46 people on board, officials said Friday.
The twin-engine plane was shattered to bits upon impact, leaving only its tail largely intact and a swath of charred ground amid scrub brush at an altitude of 13,500 feet.
Search teams reached the remote spot by helicopter and rappelled down with ropes to reach the rugged crash site, said Gen. Ramon Vinas, head of the civil aviation authority. “By the way it crashed we can determine there are no survivors,” he said.
What do you make of this from just this morning before the crash?
"The Venezuelan internationalist, Italo Luongo said in Radiosucesos RCN at night, that his country's president, Hugo Chavez, already has in its possession evidence survival of Ingrid Betancourt, who announced shipped on 20 November to French agent, Nicolas Sarkozy..."
Very sad. There were several kids on board. The plane disintegrated on impact. They never had a chance.
Prayers for their souls and for their families.
Please be tactful and leave politics out of this.
Dennis (the co-pilot) was a roommate of mine in college)
Descanza en paz Dennis
My condolences to you and all the bereaved.
(BTW....I didn’t say anything about politics.)
Hugo the dictator, or the fat lottery winner?
(anybody notice the flight number? Now look at it backwards)
Anyone from the ‘opposition’ on board?
Must have been someone on board Hugo didn’t like.
Please point out the idiots you are referring to? I have read the whole thread up till now and have yet to read a post which celebrated the “probable deaths” of these people? What are you talking about?
I wasn’t calling anyone an idiot on the thread. I was hoping to fire up a warning flare to prevent any celebratory posts.
I don’t know whether it worked, or whether it was unnecessary in the first place, but I don’t regret making the post.
Well in assuming the worst in FR’s you have assured that the only idiot on this thread is you.
I see. I guess you’ve never seen any posts at this forum that are embarrassing or need to be removed.
And I’m sorry I bothered to answer your question. I thought you were sincere, and not just being an ass.
I’ve seen a lot of your posts, Dog Gone, and I understand them.
Perhaps Monday doesn’t know you.
Of course I have. The problem I have with your post is, it insults all FR posters by calling them an idiot even before they behave like idiots. It’s like saying “you guys are all such idiots that I have to embarrass you in public so you don’t act like an idiot.” By claiming that we would collectively be likely celebrate the deaths of innocent Venezuelans you have embarrassed us much more than an individual poster could have by doing just that.
Incidentally, I think your warning was as pointless as it was embarrassing. I can’t imagine anyone would be stupid enough to celebrate the deaths of plane crash victims.