Six killed in plane crash

[TamilNet, Friday, 24 March 2000, 12:23 GMT]
Six crew members were killed and two others wounded when a cargo plane crashed at Kadirana in Negombo, about 5 km. north of Katunayaka International Air Port, around 6 p.m. this evening.

The plane belonging to private company, 'Sky cab' was ferrying cargo from Bankok to Sri Lanka for a private firm.

Among those killed were five Russians. The other was a Sri Lankan said sources. The wounded were admitted to the Negombo hospital.

At least ten houses, a church and a garment factory were damaged in the crash. Several vehicles were also damaged sources said.

Two people, including a child on the ground were also killed in the crash.

The aircraft may have crashed due to bad weather the sources said.

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Rescue workers look for victims trapped under the wreckage of Antanov-12 cargo plane that crashed onto several houses, near the Katunayaka international airport. At least six crewmen and two people on ground were killed in the crash during bad weather while many more escaped with injuries. The aircraft broke into several pieces and the main wings rested on a brick wall of a house.Photo:AFP

 

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