10 die in Yemen plane crash

A soldier controls the crowd to keep people away from the scene as a fire is extinguished after a plane crashed in Sanaa. Photo by Reuters
A soldier controls the crowd to keep people away from the scene as a fire is extinguished after a plane crashed in Sanaa. Photo by Reuters

A Yemeni military transport plane has crashed near Sanaa airport, killing all ten people onboard.

The plane came down in an abandoned produce market in the Hasaba district near the Yemeni capital after experiencing a technical error, an airport official said.

"The plane tried to land in an empty space in Hasaba, but because of a technical problem it crashed and ten of the crew died," the official said, saying the pilot was one of the ten people killed.

Ambulances raced to the scene where crowds gathered.

Witnesses said that the Antonov plane was completely burnt out and that thick black smoke surrounded the area.

In October last year, a Yemeni military plane crash-landed at an air base in the south of the country killing nine passengers, including eight Syrian engineers.

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