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Tue, Apr 26, 2005

Russian Cargo Plane Slides Off Runway At Kabul

AN-12 Was Carrying Humanitarian Aid

A Russian cargo aircraft carrying humanitarian supplies slid off the runway and caught fire in Afghanistan's capital Tuesday. Remarkably, the six people on board were only slightly hurt, according to the airport director.

"Five of its six crew have been slightly hurt," Mohammad Qasim Jarar told Reuters. "The tires of the plane were burnt too, but firefighters have managed to extinguish the fire."

The Antonov An-12 had taken off for Kabul from Dubai, he said. There was no immediate indication as to the cause of the mishap.



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