Plane crash kills 21 in southern Pakistan

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
November 5, 2010 08:58

 
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KARACHI, Pakistan — A small, private plane chartered to an oil company crashed near the airport in Pakistan's largest city Friday after the pilot warned of engine trouble, killing all 21 people on board, officials said.

The Beech aircraft that crashed Friday morning belonged to the JS Air company and had just taken off from the southern city of Karachi. The pilot told the control tower minutes before the crash that there appeared to be some fault with the engine, said Pervez George, a spokesman for the country's Civil Aviation Authority.

The pilot was ordered to return to the airport, but as he was turning the plane, it went down in an open field, the spokesman said. The plane caught on fire after the crash. TV footage from the scene showed it had broken into pieces, with the tail completely separated from the otherwise charred body.

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