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11 Die in Lake Victoria Plane Crash


Ugandan authorities said a Soviet-era plane has crashed into Lake Victoria, killing all 11 people on board.

The Ilyushin 76 aircraft was carrying supplies to African Union peacekeepers in Somalia Monday when it caught fire and plunged into the water, shortly after takeoff from Entebbe International Airport.

The cause of the crash is under investigation.

Uganda's information minister, Kabakumba Matsiko, said the crash killed three senior Burundian military officers, two Ugandans, an Indian, a South African and four Russian crew members.

Russian media said the crew consisted of two Russians and two Ukrainians.

Uganda and Burundi both provide soldiers to the AU mission in Somalia, where the interim government is battling an Islamist insurgency.

Air crashes are not unusual in Africa, where many airlines fly old planes.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.

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