10 killed in Yemen military plane crash: ministry
SANAA - Agence France-Press
Firefighters extinguish fire from the wreckage of a plane after it crashed in Sanaa November 21, 2012. REUTERS photoA military plane crashed in Sanaa on Wednesday, killing 10 people including the pilot, as it tried to make an emergency landing when an engine failed, Yemen's defence ministry and an airport source said.
"An Antonov crashed following a technical problem. The pilot and nine other people were killed," a statement on the defence ministry's website 26sep.net said.
The plane crashed in Sanaa's northern neighbourhood of Al-Hassaba, according to an AFP photographer who saw three charred bodies lying on the ground at the crash site.
The airport source said the Antonov came down while trying to land at an air base near Sanaa's main airport.
"The military aircraft, which was on a training mission, tried to make an emergency landing after its engine failed but crashed at Al-Hassaba," the source told AFP.
A resident said three explosions occurred as the plane crashed, followed by plumes of smoke.
Firefighters and ambulances raced to the site, while a helicopter flew overhead, according to residents