Friday, April 01, 2005

US finds Albania air crash bodies

Albanian and US rescuers have recovered four bodies of America soldiers from the wreckage of a US military plane that crashed with nine people on board in central Albania.
The C-130 transport plane crashed in the village of Rovje, about 100km (60 miles) south-east of the capital Tirana.
The search continues for the other five bodies. The dead were all Americans.
In the mean time, news agencies are reporting that the plane was found completely destroyed, diminishing hopes that there will be any survivors.
The plane was on a joint exercise with the Albanian military when it crashed on Thursday evening. The crew were based at Mildenhall in the UK.
The plane hit the mountain after apparently flying too low in the uninhabited region, reports say.
It crashed at a location called “Qafa e Uj√ęt” shortly after 2200 (2000GMT). The news has been confirmed by the Albanian Defense Ministry.
BBC World News & RTK.

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