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Flight Data Recorder Recovered from Airliner Crash in Colombia


Authorities have found one of the flight data recorders from a Colombian airliner that crashed in western Venezuela Tuesday, killing all 160 passengers and crew.

The West Caribbean Airways charter plane was headed to Martinique from Panama when the pilot reported trouble with both engines and requested permission to land in Maracaibo, Venezuela.

The McDonnell Douglas MD-82 crashed shortly after in Machiques, a remote area near the Venezuela - Colombia border.

All 152 passengers were French citizens from Martinique. The crew was Colombian.

Earlier, French President Jacques Chirac expressed his condolences to victims' families. French officials are setting up a crisis center in Martinique.

This was the second crash involving West Caribbean Airways this year. In March, one of its planes crashed during take-off from Providencia, Colombia, killing eight people and injuring six others.

Some information for this report provided by AP, Reuters and AFP.

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