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Last Updated: Thursday, 19 October 2006, 15:46 GMT 16:46 UK
Uzbekistan plane crash kills 15
Antonov An-2
The Antonov is thought to have crashed during bad weather
At least 15 people, most of them soldiers, have been killed when an aircraft crashed in Uzbekistan.

The single-engined Antonov An-2 plane crashed as it was trying to land at an airport near the capital, Tashkent.

The Uzbek emergencies ministry said the plane "lost control and carried out an emergency landing outside the grounds of the airport".

Thirteen soldiers and two crewmen died, the ministry said. Bad weather was suspected to have caused the crash.

The Antonov is reported to have been a civilian aircraft hired by the military for a training flight.

The ministry had appointed a government commission to investigate the cause of the incident, the AFP news agency reported.

The Soviet-era Antonov An-2 is a large-single engined biplane used as a small airliner and military transport in many ex-Soviet states and developing nations.






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