Thu, Jun 28, 2007
At Least Six Lost In Landing Accident
ANN REALTIME UPDATE 06.29.07 1310 EDT: At least
six people were reported killed Thursday, when a TAAG Angolan
Airlines Boeing 737-200 crashed on landing in the northern Angolan
city of M'banza Congo, near the border with the Democratic Republic
The Angola Press Agency (ANGOP) reports the plane lost control
while making an emergency landing, and impacted a building. Weather
conditions at the time of the accident weren't reported.
Reuters reports 78 passengers were onboard the flight from
Luanda. Among those killed was a senior M'Banza Congo city
official, and a Roman Catholic priest from Italy. Several injuries
were also reported.
The accident occurred the same day the European Union added the
carrier to its "blacklist" of international airlines banned from
flying in the EU, due to safety concerns.
The TAAG fleet includes four 737-200s, four newer 737-700s
and two 777-200ERs with a third on order. As ANN reported, the airline
took delivery of five new planes in one day last November.
The cause of the accident is being investigated.
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