Russian-made cargo plane crashes in Pakistan, 8 crew dead
A Russian-made Il-76 cargo plane crashed early Sunday in a Karachi residential neighborhood, killing all eight crewmembers and destroying several buildings under construction, RIA Novosti reported.
The plane burst in flames shortly after a takeoff from the Karachi International Airport heading for Khartoum, Sudan, CNN cited local authorities as saying.
The Associated Press and Reuters later said that all eight crewmembers on board the plane were Russians, although some other sources claim that six of the crew were Pakistani.
The plane went down in an upscale housing complex for naval officers, injuring at least one person on the ground, local officials said.
The crash is the third in four months in Pakistan.
On November 5, 21 people were killed when a small passenger plane crashed soon after taking off from Karachi airport.
In July, an Airbus A321, operated by a local air carrier, went down near the Pakistani capital, Islamabad, killing all 152 people on board.