Plane crashes in Chad, all six aboard die
The dead included the Ukranian pilot and at least two Libyan nationals. Other victims were not immediately identified.india Updated: Apr 23, 2006 19:08 IST
All six abroad died when a cargo plane crashed while landing at the Chadian capital on Sunday.
"It was a Russian-made Antonov plane travelling from Libya to Chad. There were six persons on board. All the six died," a local government official from Logone-Chari region said.
The dead included the Ukranian pilot and at least two Libyan nationals, the official said. The other victims were not immediately identified.
Chadian aviation officials said the plane aborted its first attempt to land at N'Djamena airport after apparently detecting a fault and then crashed in a field on the bank of the Chari river, opposite N'Djamena, while making a second attempt.
Libyan Airlines Company sources said the cargo plane had been hired by the company from a foreign firm to transport humanitarian assistance. They attributed the accident to "technical reasons" but gave no more details.
Chadian officials said the plane was carrying vegetable oil and tinned food, which Libya's foreign ministry said was part of a Libyan humanitarian aid programme.