Cargo plane crashes in Brazzaville, 1 dead

Associated Press

BRAZZAVILLE, Republic of Congo (AP) — An Ilyushin-76 cargo plane owned by a private company crashed Friday near the airport in Brazzaville, the capital of the Republic of Congo, killing at least one person, an aviation official said.

The Soviet-made cargo plane belonged to Trans Air Congo and appeared to be transporting merchandise, not people, the official said. He demanded anonymity because he was not permitted to speak to the press.

Ambulances rushed to the scene. An AP reporter saw one body covered by a tarp and emergency personnel identified the person as a crew member. It was not immediately clear how many others were on board.

Africa has some of the worst air safety records in the world. In June, a commercial jetliner crashed in Lagos, Nigeria, killing 153 people.

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