Sharjah air crash kills 6

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SHARJAH. October 22. KAZINFORM. A Sudanese cargo plane, which was heading to Sudan's capital Khartoum crashed shortly after take-off from Sharjah airport on Wednesday, killing six people on board; Kazinform refers to Arab News.

Among the six dead is the plane's captain, Mohammad Ali and Mohammad Al Fatih, an engineer, according to Sharjah authorities.

The Boeing 707 aircraft, operated by Sudan Airways on lease from Azza Air, went down at about 3.15 p.m. one kilometer from the runway.

"Six crew members, all Sudanese, died when the plane caught fire soon after crashing," said Sharjah police director general Brig. Humeid Al Hudaidi.

The cause of the crash was not immediately known, but emergency response crews had retrieved the "black box" from the wreckage and were investigating, Dubai-based satellite TV network Al-Arabiya reported.

Eyewitnesses said that the plane flipped before it burst as flames. The plane was tilted to a side and was unbalanced; Kazinform cites Arab News. See www.arabnews.com for full version.

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