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4 dead after cargo plane crashes in Kenya capital

Preliminary investigations found the plane was flying low after takeoff and might have hit an electrical pole.

The wreckage of the Fokker 50 cargo plane after it crashed on takeoff at Kenyatta International Airport, in Nairobi, Kenya. (Source: AP)
The wreckage of the Fokker 50 cargo plane after it crashed on takeoff at Kenyatta International Airport, in Nairobi, Kenya. (Source: AP)

Four people were killed when a cargo plane crashed shortly after takeoff at the international airport in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, a police official said Wednesday.

The Fokker 50 aircraft transporting the mild stimulant known as Khat to the Somali capital, Mogadishu, crashed into a residential building after taking off from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport early Wednesday, said Joseph Ngisa, the airport’s head of police investigations.

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Soldiers and airport staff members look at the wreckage of the Fokker 50 cargo plane after it crashed shortly after takeoff at Kenyatta International Airport. (Source: AP)

Preliminary investigations found the plane was flying low after takeoff and might have hit an electrical pole before crashing in the Embakasi area of the city, Ngisa said.

No other details were immediately available on the possible cause of the crash.

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The plane transporting the mild stimulant known as Khat to the Somali capital, Mogadishu, crashed into a commercial building after taking off from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport early Wednesday. (Source: AP)
The plane transporting the mild stimulant known as Khat to the Somali capital, Mogadishu, crashed into a commercial building after taking off from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport early Wednesday. (Source: AP)

The Kenya National Disaster Operation Center said on Twitter that all the victims were male, and they included the flight engineer as well the pilot and two crew members.