Venezuelan Jetliner with 46 Aboard Crashes in Andes Mountains

World | February 22, 2008, Friday // 00:00

A Venezuelan plane, carrying 46 people aboard crashed in the Andes Mountains hours after it was declared missing on Thursday night, CNN reported.

Witnesses saw the plane go down, according to the country's national director of civil protection Antonio Rivero.

Emergency crews have launched rescue attempts but bad weather and rough terrain seriously impede the operation.

The plane went missing while flying from Merida to the international airport near Caracas.

The pilot did not check in with controllers 20 minutes into the flight, as scheduled, suggesting that it encountered problems shortly after take-off.

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