Plane from Karachi crashes with eight people on board

Nov 27 2010

_50183828_pakistan_karachi_1110.gifA plane with eight people on board has crashed shortly after taking off from Karachi airport in Pakistan, local officials say.

They say it was a Russian-made cargo plane, which was reportedly heading to Sudan's capital Khartoum.

TV footage showed a large fire at the scene of the crash in an area where buildings are under construction.

Rescue workers were seen fighting the blaze, and the officials said casualties were feared.

Several buildings are said to be ablaze, and there were reports of explosions.

"It (the plane) took off from Karachi at 0145 (2045 GMT) and after one-and-a-half minutes it crashed," Pakistan's Civil Aviation Authority spokesman Pervez George told the AFP news agency.

"It was an IL-76 cargo plane. It was going to Khartoum. It had eight people on board," he said.

Some reports say the plane crashed near a housing complex for naval officers.

The cause of the crash was not immediately known.

Earlier this month, a small passenger plane crashed soon after take-off from Karachi, killing all 21 people on board.

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