Lufthansa confirms cargo plane crash in Riyadh

27th July 2010, Comments 0 comments

A cargo plane owned by Lufthansa crashed in Riyadh on Tuesday and the two-man crew are being treated in hospital, the German airline said, confirming reports on Saudi television.

According to the firm's latest reports, the Lufthansa Cargo MD-11 flying 80 tonnes of freight from Frankfurt to the Saudi capital crashed at 11:38 am (0838 GMT), Lufthansa Cargo said in a statement.

"It is not yet known exactly what type of freight it was or which customers are affected. The cause of the accident is still being investigated. At the moment, we have no further details," it said.

A spokesman for the Saudi civil aviation authority said the plane had caught fire in mid-flight and crashed on landing, adding that the pilots were safe with minor injuries.

An airport ground services official told AFP the aircraft broke in half on landing and was "totally finished".

© 2010 AFP

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