Officials report Colombian Charter plane crashed in a remote area of western Venezuela early Tuesday killed everyone on board: 152 passengers and eight crew members. The Colombian government pledged its help to the families of the victims.
Soon after the pilot reported engine problems, airport authorities lost contact with the West Caribbean Airways plane carrying French holidaymakers. It had taken off from Panama en route to the Caribbean island of Martinique.
More than an hour in to the flight, at about 3am local time, the pilot told the control tower at Caracas's airport that he was having problems with one engine and would try to make an emergency landing, Guardian reminds.
Minutes later he reported that the second engine had failed and the control tower then lost contact.
The Colombian airline West Caribbean Airways' chartered jet wastraveling from Panama to the French Caribbean island of Martinique when it crashed in the Machiques area of Venezuela, a few kilometers from the Colombian border. Most of the victims were French.
Colombian Foreign Minister Carolina Barco said the government will offer all the help needed through its Consulate in Venezuela.
"We will have to determine the situation of the bodies and the families. Our Consulate is always willing to help with the required paperwork," Barco said.
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