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article imagePlane crashes into residential buildings in Venezuela, 2 dead

By Anne Sewell     May 6, 2013 in World
Valencia - On Sunday morning, a small plane crashed into a residential building in Valencia, capital of Carabobo state in Venezuela. The pilot and co-pilot died in the crash.
So far, it is unknown if anyone perished in the building hit by the Learjet 60 twin-engine plane at 10:30 AM local time (15:00 GMT). The crash occurred around 3 kilometers from the international airport of Valencia Arturo Michelena.
In a telephone conversation with Venezolana de Television, Interior Minister Miguel Rodríguez Torres confirmed that the two men involved were "the pilot, Captain Luis Alfredo Maldonado and co-pilot, Captain Rodolfo Enrique Di Lena Días, who both died in the accident."
According to Torres, damage has been limited “to homes, building and parking, plus or minus 6 vehicles are seen affected by the impact of the plane."
Learjet 60
Learjet 60
The Minister explained that the plane "was flying from Caracas to the airport of Valencia, and when it was time for the approach to the airport, the plane crashed on a house."
"We are now investigating and controlling the fire that was caused by the plane crash. We are also examining the scene since there are gas and electricity lines, to find out if are there any other casualties at the scene," he said.
Sunday seems to have been a day for small plane crashes, as Digital Journal reported that during a performance at the Cuatro Vientos airfield in Madrid, Spain, a vintage Saeta stunt plane crashed into a hanger, killing the 35-year-old pilot and injuring 18 people.
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