Libyan military plane crash in Tunisia kills 11

Friday 21 February 2014 11.21
A Libyan army medical plane has crashed in Tunisia killing all 11 people on board (Pic: EPA)
A Libyan army medical plane has crashed in Tunisia killing all 11 people on board (Pic: EPA)

A Libyan army medical plane has crashed in Tunisia killing all 11 people on board.

"The plane crashed at 1.30am ... with 11 people on board - three doctors, two patients and six crew members," Tunisian emergency services spokesman Mongi El Kadhi said.

He said there were no survivors from the accident in the Grombalia area, 40km from the capital Tunis.

"The whole plane was completely burnt out. The emergency services went to the crash site and recovered the charred bodies," he said.

Shortly before the plane disappeared from radar screens, the pilot radioed the control tower at Tunis airport to say an engine had failed, emergency services told an AFP journalist at the crash site.

The aircraft crashed in a field on the edge of the village of Nianou, but managed to avoid any houses.

The Libyan flag was still visible on the tailplane amid the wreckage.

At daybreak, teams began searching for the aircraft's black box flight recorders in an attempt to establish the cause of the crash.

The aircraft was a Soviet-designed twin-propeller Antonov-26, Tunisia's Mosaique FM radio reported.

Keywords: libya, tunisia