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Plane crash injures four in Durban

AN Airlink passenger plane crashed into a school's playing field near Durban International Airport yesterday, seriously injuring three crew members and one person on the ground, the South African airline said.

Airlink spokeswoman Karin Murray confirmed a local report that one person, who was on the school grounds where the plane attempted to land, was injured.

The school was closed for holidays.

Airlink said the plane's two pilots were critically injured, while the flight attendant was seriously hurt. All were in a stable condition in nearby hospitals.

"The aircraft, a Jetstream 41 with 29 seats, departed from Durban International Airport and shortly after takeoff declared an emergency, crew reported engine loss and smoke from the rear of the aircraft," said Airlink, which partners with South African Airways.

The plane was not carrying fee-paying passengers as it had been on a "technical positioning flight," the airline said.


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