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Four die in Kenya cargo plane crash

Published 02/07/2014 | 12:02

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Soldiers look at the wreckage of the cargo plane after it crashed shortly after take-off in Kenya (AP)
The wreckage of the Fokker 50 cargo plane after it crashed into a building on take-off at Kenyatta International Airport, in Nairobi, Kenya (AP)

Four people have been killed when a cargo plane crashed shortly after take-off from the international airport in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, officials said.

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The Fokker 50 aircraft, which was transporting cargo to the Somali capital, Mogadishu, crashed into a residential building after taking off from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, said the airport's head of police investigations.

Preliminary investigations found the plane was flying low after take-off and might have hit an electrical pole before crashing in the Embakasi area of the city. The plane took off at 4.15am and crashed two minutes later after calling the control tower to say the plane did not gain height, officials said.

No one on the ground was harmed, and the four bodies of those in the plane were recovered.

The Kenya National Disaster Operation Centre said on Twitter that all the victims were male, and they included the flight engineer as well the pilot and two crew members.

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