11 dead in UN plane crash in Haiti

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UNITED NATIONS. October 10. KAZINFORM  All 11 people aboard were killed on Friday when a UN plane crashed near the Haiti-Dominican border, a UN spokesperson said here.

There are no survivors in the accident, the spokesperson said, adding that all the bodies were found and will be transported back to Haiti's capital of Port-au-Prince.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon "extended his heartfelt condenlences to the family members, friends and colleagues of these brave peacekeepers who lost their lives in the service of peace," said a statement issued here by his spokesperson.

According to the statement, the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) said that the plane was on a regular reconnaissance flight, and those who aboard the Uruguayan CASA-212military aircraft were from Uruguay and Jordan.

An investigation is underway to determine the cause of the crash, which took place in the area of Fonds-Verrettes approximately 45 kilometers from Port-au-Prince,  Xinhua reports.

See www.chinaview.cn .

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