Ukraine plane with 7 on board crashes in Sahara: Algeria agency

A general view taken on January 18, 2013 shows an oil installation on the outskirts of In Amenas, deep in the Sahara near the Libyan border. AFP PHOTO/FAROUK BATICHE

ALGIERS: A Ukrainian plane with seven people on board crashed in the Algerian Sahara in the early hours of Saturday, the Algeria Press Service reported.

The Antonov 12 civil aircraft, which was heading towards Equatorial Guinea, crashed near the borders of Mali and Niger at around 2:00 am (0100 GMT), APS said, citing an official.

It had earlier made a stopover for unspecified technical reasons at the airport at Tamanrasset, an Algerian city in the Sahara, the report added.





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