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Search for 11 Uganda air crash victims resumes

world Updated: Mar 10, 2009 15:02 IST
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An underwater search for the remains of 11 people killed including an Indian when a Soviet-era transport plane crashed as it was departing Uganda's main airport resumed on Tuesday, an official said.

The Ilyushin II-76 bound for Mogadishu with supplies for the African Union force in Somalia plunged into Lake Victoria on Monday shortly after taking off from the Entebbe airport, which is located next to the lake.

"We didn't have any findings by the time we stopped last night," Ignia Igunduura, spokesman for Uganda's Civil Aviation Authority, told AFP.

"The divers have gone out ... And we hope by the end of the day on Tuesday we will find something."

Killed were three Burundian military officers assigned to the AU peacekeeping mission in Somalia, plus two Ugandans, an Indian, a South African and a crew of four two Russians and two Ukrainians.

It is not yet clear what caused the accident, but officials said on Monday that a fire had broken out on board before the aircraft crashed.

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