Home > News > World
Wednesday July 2, 2014 MYT 5:52:17 PM
Wednesday July 2, 2014 MYT 5:53:50 PM
by humphrey malalo
NAIROBI (Reuters) - Four crewmen were killed on Wednesday when a plane carrying the stimulant khat crashed into a commercial building in the Kenyan capital Nairobi shortly after taking off, police said.
Television footage showed a charred tail and wings of the white Fokker 50 propeller plane ripped in half outside the smouldering two-storey building housing several shops.
While two guards at the building were injured, the fact that the crash happened around 4 a.m. meant a worse toll was avoided.
The Somalia-bound cargo plane was carrying khat, the leafy plant chewed as a stimulant in east Africa but banned in many countries across the globe.
Khat is big business in Kenya with vast plantations dotted around the country's central regions. It is grown and sold legally in much of eastern Africa where chewing the plant is an ancient social custom. Benson Kibui, Nairobi county police commander, said the plane's pilot, co-pilot, flight engineer and a loader were killed in crash.
"(So far) we have retrieved three bodies," Kibui told Reuters.
(Additional reporting and writing by Drazen Jorgic; Editing by Alison Williams)
Cargo plane crashes in Kenyan capital, four crew feared dead
At least four killed as plane crashes in Congolese town of Goma
Car bomb kills four in Kenyan capital
Plane crash landing in Ukraine kills at least four - officials
Four Russians killed in U.N. helicopter crash in Congo
Italy regional votes to test public mood on Renzi
Irish PM's party popularity hit by water levy protests - poll
Tunisians vote for first freely elected president
West not expected to demand Iran atom bomb 'mea culpa' in deal
Iran nuclear talks may be extended as U.S. sees 'big gaps'
Putin says Russia not isolated over Ukraine, blames West for frosty ties
Under Modi, Israel and India forge deeper business ties
Cézanne’s Lake Annecy painting beckons visitors to the lake in France
Dino bones, vaping, starfish, really bad teeth and other stories you've missed
Copyright © 1995-2014 Star Publications (M) Bhd (Co No 10894-D)