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UN plane crash at DR Congo's Kinshasa airport
04-04-2011, 06:43 PM #1
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A UN plane has crashed at Kinshasa airport in the Democratic Republic of Congo, killing at least 10 people, UN sources say.

The plane broke up when it hit the runway as the pilot was trying to land amid heavy rain at about 1300 GMT, according to witnesses.

The plane had reportedly flown from the north-east of the country.

There has been no word so far on the cause of the incident, and the UN has yet to make an official comment.

A further 16 people were injured, a UN source told Reuters news agency.

"The plane landed heavily, broke into two and caught fire," said the source.



In September 1961, (Dag) Hammarskjöld (29 July 1905 – 18 September 1961, the second Secretary-General of the United Nations) found out about the fighting between "non-combatant" UN forces and Katangese troops of Moise Tshombe. He was en route to negotiate a cease-fire on the night of 17–18 September when his DC-6B airliner (SE-BDY) crashed near Ndola, Northern Rhodesia (now Zambia). For security reasons, the crew had filed no flight plan while a decoy aircraft (OO-RIC) went via a different route ahead of Hammarskjöld's aircraft. Hammarskjöld and fifteen others perished in the crash. The chief of security on the flight, American Sgt. Harold Julian, was thrown clear of the burnt area, but died five days later.

04-05-2011, 03:15 PM #2
JayRodney ⓐⓛⓘⓔⓝ
Posts:30,202 Threads:1,487 Joined:Feb 2011
terrible "ACCIDENT"




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