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Five die in Ukrainian cargo plane blaze in Egypt

A Ukrainian cargo plane caught fire while about to take off from the airport in the southern Egyptian town of Luxor on Friday, killing all five crew.
Reuters | By HT Correspondent, Cairo
UPDATED ON FEB 20, 2009 12:31 PM IST

A Ukrainian cargo plane caught fire while about to take off from the airport in the southern Egyptian town of Luxor on Friday, killing all five crew, officials said.

The Russian made Antonov 12 had stopped in Luxor to refuel on its way to Ukraine, said the officials.

It was not immediately clear where the plane had come from or which company was operating it.

Firefighters were unable to save the crew from the blaze, the officials said.

The fire did not affect regular flights at Luxor, a major tourist destination 500 km (310 miles) south of Cairo.

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