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Thu, 15 Sep 2011 10:29 - Updated Thu, 15 Sep 2011 10:36

17 Killed in Wednesay Air Force plane crash


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Debris of the National Airforce Plane that crashed Wednesday in Huambo province

Luanda – Seventeen passengers aboard the Angola National Air Force (FAN) Embraer-120 aircraft that crashed Wednesday in central Huambo province were killed, Angop learned.

The confirmation is contained in a communiqué issued by the General Staff of the Angolan Armed Forces (FAA) that reached Angop in Luanda.

According to the source, the airplane crashed at about 11:30 at Albano Machado airport, in Huambo, with a military delegation on board.

Killed in the crash were lt-generals Bernardo Leitão Francisco Diogo "Lelo Kizua" and Elias Malungo Bravo da Costa Pedro "Kalias", brig. Demósthenes Katata, colonels Miguel Estevão, Elias de Jesus Vasco Cunha and Fonseca Luís Ventura.

Also killed in the crash were lt.-Colonels António Garcia Gonçalves and Pascoal José Mateus Pedro, maj. Américo Vasco Brandão, Navy captain Gonçalo Simão Mendes, and sergeant João Andrade Nascimento dos Santos. 

Six civilians, including two women and two children also died in the crash.

According to the note, the crew survived the accident. They are captain Lino Calue, co-pilot Ibraim Navidade, flight engineer Gomes de Almeida, and flight assistant Celma Ventura, sergeant João Gomes, and an unidentified civilian.

The FAA Staff says an enquiry commission, headed by FAN commander, has been appointed and dispatched to the crash site.