August 16, 2005

Airliner feared lost over Venezuela -authorities

CARACAS, Venezuela (Reuters) - Venezuelan authorities said
on Tuesday they had started searching for a passenger plane
traveling from Panama that lost contact with air traffic

Col. Antonio Rivero told local television that the
authorities had lost contact with the aircraft around 4 a.m.
local time and that there had been reports of an explosion in
the remote area near the Colombian border. It was not clear how
many people were on the aircraft or which airline it belonged