Engine failure blamed for plane crash in Venezuela

12:47, July 22, 2010      

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Rescuers work at the site after a Venezuelan Air Force K-8 training plane crashed in Barquisimeto, capital of Lara department, about 360 km west of Caracas, Venezuila, July 21, 2010. The pilot and co-pilot of the military plane ejected safely before their aircraft crashed on Wednesday, the national civil defense chief said. (Xinhua/Juan Carlos Hernandez)

The military plane crash in Venezuela's western Lara state has been caused by engine failure, air force commander Maj. Gen. Jorge Arevalo Oropeza said Wednesday.

According to Arevalo, the K-8 plane crashed during a training flight early Wednesday due to the failure in one of its engines. However, the pilot and co-pilot of the plane ejected safely before the crash.

The accident occurred at 9:45 a.m. (1415 GMT) on Wednesday on the outskirts of Barquisimeto, capital of the Lara state.

"Those are machines, and the machines have failures," Arevalo told state-run TV channel Venezolana de Television.

One pilot fractured his hip and the other survived unhurt, the air force commander said, adding that a panel would be set up to investigate the crash.

Source: Xinhua


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