Yemeni plane crashes near Sanaa airport, killing 10

SANAA Wed Nov 21, 2012 4:04pm IST

Firefighters work to extinguish a fire after a plane crashed in Sanaa November 21, 2012. REUTERS/Mohamed al-Sayaghi

Firefighters work to extinguish a fire after a plane crashed in Sanaa November 21, 2012.

Credit: Reuters/Mohamed al-Sayaghi

Related Topics

SANAA (Reuters) - A Yemeni military transport plane crashed near Sanaa airport and burst into flames on Wednesday, killing all ten people onboard, an airport official said.

The plane came down in an abandoned produce market in the Hasaba district near the Yemeni capital's airport after suffering a technical problem, the official said.

"The plane tried to land in an empty space in Hasaba, but because of a technical problem it crashed and ten of the crew died," the official said.

The official said the Antonov plane was on a training exercise, with seven new graduate officers and three crew members onboard when the pilot reported a problem with one of the engines.

Thick black smoke filled the sky as rescue teams and ambulances rushed to the scene, where dozens of onlookers had gathered.

The Defence Ministry set up an investigative team to look into the incident.

In October last year, a Yemeni military plane crash-landed at an air base in the south of the country killing nine passengers, including eight Syrian engineers.

(Reporting by Mohammed Ghobari; Writing by Amena Bakr; Editing by Andrew Osborn)

FILED UNDER:
Comments (0)
This discussion is now closed. We welcome comments on our articles for a limited period after their publication.

  • Most Popular
  • Most Shared

GAZA VIOLENCE

WORLD SHOWCASE

MH17 Probe

MH17 Probe

Fighting complicates Ukraine crash probe, U.S., EU prepare Russia sanctions.  Full Article 

Diplomats' Return

Diplomats' Return

U.S. diplomats' return to Libya could be more hazardous than exit.  Full Article 

Ferry Disaster

Ferry Disaster

Associate of dead S.Korea ferry boss arrested, children due to give evidence.  Full Article 

Chinese in Iraq

Chinese in Iraq

China says may have citizens fighting in Iraq.  Full Article 

Ukraine Crisis

Ukraine Crisis

Russia says Lavrov, Kerry agree on need for swift ceasefire in Ukraine.  Full Article 

Asylum Seekers

Asylum Seekers

Sri Lankan Asylum Seekers arrive in Australia after weeks held at sea  Full Article 

Disputed Waters

Disputed Waters

Battered and broke, Vietnam fishermen bear brunt of China row.  Full Article 

Reuters India Mobile

Reuters India Mobile

Get the latest news on the go. Visit Reuters India on your mobile device.  Full Coverage