Belfast Telegraph

Friday 19 September 2014

Lufthansa plane crashes in Riyadh

A Lufthansa cargo plane caught fire and split in half as it was landing in Riyadh (AP)

A Lufthansa cargo plane has crashed in the Saudi Arabian capital Riyadh, reportedly having caught fire.

The airline confirmed that one of its fleet had been involved in an accident and Riyadh airport official Fahd al-Hamoud said the plane caught fire as it was landing, crashed and split in two halves.

He said the pilot and co-pilot were lightly injured and were rushed to hospital. There was no further word on casualties.

A Lufthansa spokeswoman at the airline headquarters in Frankfurt, Germany, said the plane did not crash but was involved in an accident.

The Arab satellite TV channel Al-Arabiya aired live footage from the airport showing the plane on fire and black smoke billowing into the sky.

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