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Airliner with 152 on Board Crashes in Venezuela

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Officials say there are no survivors from a Colombian passenger jet that crashed in Venezuela Tuesday with 153 people on board.

The West Caribbean Airways jet was flying from Panama to the French Caribbean island of Martinique when its pilot reported trouble with both of the plane's engines.

The plane, a McDonnell Douglas MD-82, crashed a short time later in the western Venezuelan state of Zulia in the Sierra de Perija mountains.

The flight was reportedly a charter flight for tourists. French aviation officials who have confirmed the deaths say all the passengers were French nationals from Martinique. It remains unclear how many crew members were on board.

This was the second fatal West Caribbean Airways crash in six months. In March, a small aircraft departing from Providencia, Colombia, struck a hill shortly after take-off, killing two crew members and six passengers.

Information for this report is provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.

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