3 dead in cargo plane crash in Shanghai

28.11.2009   (Newsvine.com)

Zimbabwe cargo plane crashes in China, killing 3

SHANGHAI — A Zimbabwe cargo plane crashed as it took off Saturday from Shanghai’s
main international airport, killing three crew members, a government official

The official Xinhua News Agency cited Shanghai’s municipal information office
as saying three people died. A man answering the phone there confirmed the deaths
and said one other crew member was seriously injured, with the other three slightly

Xinhua cited health officials as saying two of the seven crew were from the United
States and Indonesia, while the nationalities of the remaining staff had not yet
been identified.

China Central Television said the plane’s tail struck the ground on takeoff,
and an airport warehouse also caught fire in the crash. The report showed billowing
thick black smoke at the scene, with police officers blocking closer access.

A reporter from Shanghai’s Oriental Satellite Television told CCTV the tail of
the plane broke in two or three parts, and hundreds of firefighters were spraying
fire retardants on the plane.

The crash occurred at 7:40 a.m., Xinhua said. The plane, which was headed to
Bishkek, the capital of Kyrgyzstan, veered off the runway and burst into flames.

The plane was operated by Zimbabwe-based Avient Aviation, Xinhua said.

Calls to the Zimbabwe Embassy in Beijing went unanswered Saturday.

More than 30 international flights were delayed, leaving about 4,000 travelers
stranded on planes or in airport lounges, Xinhua said. CCTV said two runways at
the airport were shut down.

Shanghai is China’s largest city and its economic capital. The Pudong airport
is located on the eastern edge of the city, by the East China Sea.

In June 2008, two Chinese air force jets collided in Inner Mongolia, with both
pilots parachuting to safety.

In June 2006, a Chinese military plane crashed in eastern China’s Anhui province,
killing all 40 people aboard.




(There are restrictions on which airlines are permitted to use Europeanairports
– with cargo planes from some airlines being prevented, on safety grounds)

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