West Caribbean MD-82 Crashes in Venezuela

A West Caribbean Airways MD-82 crashed in Venezuela yesterday, killing all 160.  The plane, en route from Panama City to Martinique, was experiencing engine trouble when the accident occurred.  This is the second fatal accident this year for the small Colombian carrier—8 were killed in a crash in March.  This is the fourth major commercial aircraft crash in less than 3 weeks (though none of them have anything to do with the other.)

The MD-82 (it’s the plane that has two seats on one side, three on the other), passed inspection on Monday, though the airline has been penalized before for safety violations.

In a related story, the Helios Airways jet that crashed over the weekend had lost cabin pressure once before. 

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