Saturday, December 30, 2006


Three survive plane crash

Three people escaped death narrowly when a plane carrying relief supplies to Somalia crashed and burst into flames early this morning.

The burning wreckage of plane that crashed in Ruai, near Nairobi. Photo by Correspondent The twin-engine Buffalo plane chartered by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) went down five minutes after taking off from Nairobi's Jomo Kenyatta international airport, and crashed near Ruai

"We cannot imagine how they are still alive," ICRC official Jean Claude Chesaux said of the crew. "The aircraft is in pieces. There is nothing left."

Airport police chief Beatrice Nduta said the plane, which was carrying more than a dozen fuel drums, suffered engine problems.

It snapped power lines as it crashed in a residential area, but no one on the ground was injured, officials said.