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article imageCargo plane crashes in Nairobi killing four crew members (Video)

By Anne Sewell     Jul 2, 2014 in World
Nairobi - A Fokker 50 cargo plane crashed into a two-story building in Nairobi, Kenya early Wednesday, killing all four crew members. The plane had taken off shortly before from the city's Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.
Kenya Airports sent out a tweet, reading: "A Fokker 50 cargo plane with four people on board has this morning crashed at a commercial building in Utawala after taking off from JKIA [Jomo Kenyatta International Airport]."
The crash happened at around 4 a.m. local time (1 a.m. GMT) and it is believed by local officials that the building would have been empty of people at that time.
While at first there was speculation as to the number of deaths, it has since been confirmed in the Kenyan media that all four crew members on the plane, including the pilot and his assistant, were killed.
According to Reuters, two guards working at the building were injured and taken to hospital.
A senior police officer told AFP that the plane was flying low and hit an electric post before crashing on to the building and bursting into flames.
Joseph Ngisa, head of police investigations at the airport, said that the plane was transporting the leafy plant chewed as a mild stimulant, known as Khat, to the Somali capital, Mogadishu.
Reuters reported that TV footage showed the moment of the crash with the tail and wings of the plane ripped in half outside the two-story building in Nairobi.
The video above shows the aftermath of the crash, with workers removing the cargo from the plane as they search for bodies.
According to KAA security chief, Eric Kiraithe, the airport, the busiest in East Africa, was closed for "a few minutes as a matter of procedure." However the airport has since reopened and is operating normally.
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