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Eleven Dead In UN Plane Crash In Haiti

Eleven people have died when a UN surveillance plane crashed in eastern Haiti near the border with the Dominican Republic, a UN spokeswoman said.  Vannina Maestracci, quoting sources in the UN mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH),

PTI [ Updated: October 10, 2009 2:09 IST ]
eleven dead in un plane crash in haiti
eleven dead in un plane crash in haiti

Eleven people have died when a UN surveillance plane crashed in eastern Haiti near the border with the Dominican Republic, a UN spokeswoman said. 

Vannina Maestracci, quoting sources in the UN mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH), said there were no survivors among the 11 passengers and crew -- aboard the CASA 212 plane belonging to the Uruguayan contingent of MINUSTAH. 

She told reporters at UN headquarters that the casualties were Uruguayan and Jordanian but could not give a breakdown. 

"The cause of the crash is unknown but an investigation has begun," Maestracci added. "The plane was on a routine surveillance mission along the border with the Dominican Republic." 

The plane plunged as it approached the municipality of Ganthier, police officer Cadostin Marc-Andre told AFP, noting the bodies were found at the crash site. 

Most of the plane's occupants were military officers he added. 

The Brazilian-led MINUSTAH has been deployed in the impoverished Caribbean nations of eight million people since mid-2004.

The mission fields 9,123 uniformed personnel -- 7,057 troops and 2,066 police. PTI

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