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Ukrainian cargo plane crashes in Algeria

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Algiers, Aug 30 (IANS) A Ukrainian cargo plane crashed on Saturday in Algeria’s Tamenrasset province.

According to rescue officials, the crash occurred at 1.40 p.m and no survivors were found, Xinhua reported.

The Antonov-12 type jet which carried seven passengers including crew members crashed in a mountainous area 15 km off Tamenrasset airport, a transport ministry statement said.

The statement said that contact with the plane was lost three minutes after it took off from the Tamenrasset airport.

The plane belongs to Ukraine Alliance, the statement added.

It came from Ukraine and was en route to Equatorial Guinea via Glasgow, as it made several stops, including at Ghardaia and Tamenrasset in southern Algeria.

The transport ministry said it has established an emergency unit to investigate the crash.

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