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Ukraine plane crashes in Algeria
30 Aug 2014 22:10
A Ukrainian cargo plane has crashed in the Sahara desert early this morning, killing all seven people on board, according to Algeria's transport ministry.
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The Antonov 12, which had come from Glasgow in Scotland and was bound for Equatorial Guinea, came down near Tamanrasset airport at around 2.40 am, a ministry statement said.
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"Unfortunately, rescue teams did not find any survivors at the scene of the crash," the statement added.
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The aircraft had been transporting petroleum industry equipment.
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It had made a stopover for unspecified technical reasons at Tamanrasset, an Algerian city deep in the Sahara 2,000km south of Algiers.
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Previously, it had made another technical stop at Ghardaia, 600km south of the capital.
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Rescuers found debris from the aircraft in a mountainous area, local officials said.
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Transport Minister Amar Ghoul said an inquiry into the crash is under way.
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