Su-30 fighter plane crashes in Venezuela


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Venezuelan pilots have died in a plane crash in the central state of Guarico, Venezuela, Communications and Information Minister Jorge Rodriguez said.

"It is with great regret that we would like to report the crash of a military plane," the ministry said in a statement. Two pilots were identified as Gen. Virgilio Marquez Murillo, 46, and 32-year-old pilot Nasmar Salazar.

The head of state, Nicolas Maduro, sent a message of condolences to relatives and friends of the military.

According to local media data, the pilots died during maneuvers on a Sukhoi plane, and the fighter failed after takeoff at 16:14 (10:14 GMT).

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