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Angolan plane crash 'kills five'
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At least five people are reported to have been killed when a plane crash-landed at an airport in Angola.

The TAAG Angola Airlines plane was carrying 78 people when it crashed in the north of the country.

The Boeing 737 came down at M'banza Congo, a town about 300km (180 miles) north of the capital, Luanda.

The aircraft broke in half upon landing halfway down the runway and smashed into a house. A number of badly injured passengers were taken to hospital.

Earlier, it was reported that six people had been killed, but that number was revised to five by airport officials.


The plane's landing gear had appeared to give way as it touched down, witnesses told Radio Nacional de Angola.

It said seven crew had been on board, and that the co-pilot died in the crash.

Among those also killed in the accident was the municipal administrator of M'banza Congo and a senior Roman Catholic priest from Italy, according to reports.

The crash came as TAAG, the Angolan flag-carrier, was banned from flying to the European Union because of safety concerns.

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