Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Lufthansa Cargo flight MD-11 crashes

A Lufthansa cargo plane crashed in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on Tuesday, and two pilots aboard were injured, the German company confirmed.

Lufthansa Cargo said the MD-11 plane was traveling from Frankfurt, Germany when it crashed at 11:38 a.m. local time (4:38 a.m. ET). The cause of the crash was under investigation.

A company spokesman said the plane was on fire but the blaze was under control. The craft had been carrying 80 tons of cargo.

Lufthansa said it did not know the extent of the pilots' injuries but both were being treated in a hospital.

The plane crashed at King Khalid International Airport. It was not yet clear what freight was on the plane and whether customers were affected.

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