Sunday, October 21, 2007

Cargo aircraft crashes in Cambodia

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — A cargo plane crash-landed in a rice field Wednesday night outside Phnom Penh International Airport, Cambodian officials said.

One crew member suffered a broken leg, said Nhim Vanda, vice chairman of Cambodia's National Committee for Disaster Management.

Officials gave varying accounts of the crash.

Him Sarun, Cabinet chief for the Secretariat of Civil Aviation, said the plane took off at about 9 p.m. and was headed to Singapore when it crashed a few miles south of the airport.

He said the plane was an Antonov AN-12 — a four-engine turboprop transport aircraft — but had no details about its ownership.

In June, 22 people, including 13 South Korean and three Czech tourists, died when a Russian-made An-24 plane crashed in mountainous jungle in southern Cambodia.

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