Kenya: Four perish in cargo plane crash

Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Four crew members died on Wednesday morning when a cargo plane crashed into a building a few minutes after taking off from Nairobi's Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.

Police confirmed the incident, saying the Fokker 50 cargo plane, ferrying khat (miraa) to Mogadishu, crashed into a commercial building shortly after taking off.

No other casualties were reported because the plane fell on the commercial building at around 4 am (0100 GMT), when the building was empty.

It landed on a low-rise building housing small shops and a bookstore, among others. The aircraft is said to have hit an electric post before crashing into the building.

Area residents commended the police for acting swiftly and reaching the crash scene within minutes.

Khat is a plant grown around the Red Sea on the eastern coast of Africa. Its leaves are chewed by the local people for their stimulant action.

Somalia remains a principal market for khat grown in Kenya's Mount Kenya region. Kenya also exports the leaves to Somalis in the diaspora.
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02 july 2014 10:44:58

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