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CARGO PLANE CARRYING AID CRASHES IN SOMALIA

CARGO PLANE CARRYING

Three crew members survived after a United Nations cargo plane carrying humanitarian aid crashed at Beledweyne Airport in central Somalia.

Sabrie Ahmed, from the local administration in Beledweyne town in the region of Hiran, told the Associated Press that the plane veered off the runway and crashed onto its belly on Tuesday, leaving thick black smoke visible for miles.

The plane, flying from Djibouti, was delivering food aid for people displaced by heavy rains.

The governor of Hiran region, Ali Jeite Osman, told reporters that the plane caught fire after the crash, but rescuers could not extinguish it as the airport lacked firefighting equipment.

There was no immediate word on what caused the crash.