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November 28, 2010

Cargo Plane Crashes in Pakistan

A Russian-made Ilyushin Il-76 cargo plane crashed in the city of Karachi, Pakistan, on 28 November, killing all eight crew members and at least three people on the ground. The aircraft went down approximately one minute after take-off from Karachi Airport, crashing into a housing compl

By cms admin

A Russian-made Ilyushin Il-76 cargo plane crashed in the city of Karachi, Pakistan, on 28 November, killing all eight crew members and at least three people on the ground.

The aircraft went down approximately one minute after take-off from Karachi Airport, crashing into a housing complex that was under construction.

Karachi police chief Fayaz Leghari said the disaster could have been much worse if the plane had crashed into occupied apartment buildings only a few hundred metres away.

“It would have been a big disaster had the plane hit the residential apartments,” Leghari told the Associated Press.

The plane was reportedly owned by Russian freight carrier Sunway, and its all-Russian crew was delivering freight from Karachi to Khartoum, Sudan.

The plane crash is Pakistan’s third in five months, and Karachi’s second in November, following the crash of a privately charted plane after take-off from Karachi Airport on 5 November.

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