ARACAS, Venezuela - A commercial airliner carrying about 160 people crashed in western Venezuela early Tuesday after reporting engine trouble, and French authorities said 153 passengers had been killed.
The West Caribbean Airways plane was en route from Panama to the Caribbean island of Martinique when its pilot reported trouble with both engines to Caracas' air control tower at around 3 a.m., said Francisco Paz, president of the National Aviation Institute.
Airport authorities lost radio contact with the plane about 10 minutes later, when the plane was in the area of Machiques, 400 miles west of Caracas in the western border state of Zulia, he said.
The French civil aviation authority said 153 passengers — French citizens from Martinique, an overseas department of France — were killed.
SOURCE: yahoo! news