Conviasa reports seven major events in eight years
A new incident took place on Monday as an aircraft was taking off
The most significant took place in September, 2010. Seventeen out of the 42 people on board died after a Conviasa aircraft crashed into the facilities of state-run steel company Sidor in Puerto Ordaz, State of Bolívar (South Venezuela).
On Monday, a new incident occurred. This time it was flight 2197 with 67 passengers on board. The aircraft involved was an ATR-72 that was taking off from Antonio Nicolás Briceño airport located in the state of Trujillo, west Venezuela. No deaths were reported.
So far the airline has not released any information regarding the causes of the failure; yet technical problems may have prevented the airplane from taking off.
In a press release, passenger Kismara Ramos said to Venezuelan TV news network Globovisión that the plane had begun take-off operations at normal speed, but then it slowed down and stopped at the end of the runway, right by the bushes. "The tires burst and the landing gear collapsed. Emergency evacuation was set in motion," Ramos said.
Translated by Jhean Cabrera
Luis Jiménez Alfaro seems to have hidden under the rocks. The last time he was seen was on April 2006 walking calmly around Simón Bolívar International Airport of Maiquetía, located nearby Caracas. At that time, more than five tons of cocaine arrived in Mexico in an airplane which took off from Venezuela, and his name featured as a missing piece of the puzzle of one of the most massive drug shipments that has been witnessed in the Western Hemisphere.