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Colombia Grounds Airline After Venezuela Crash


The Colombian government says it has halted operations of West Caribbean Airways, the airline whose plane crashed in Venezuela on Tuesday, killing all 160 people on board.

The Colombian airline was the subject of numerous safety complaints even before the crash, which is among the worst in Venezuela's history.

West Caribbean Airways had already halted all flights before the official suspension was announced late Wednesday.

The airline, which was set up to offer low-fare service, has reportedly been suffering from financial difficulties.

The investigation into what caused Tuesday's crash continues, with French experts heading to Venezuela to help examine the plane's two flight data recorders.

The crash killed 152 French citizens from Martinique and eight Colombian crewmembers.

Some information for this report provided by AFP and Reuters.