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8 Die in Plane Crash in Norway

October 12, 1998

OSLO, Norway (AP) _ A nine-passenger charter airplane crashed short of a runway in western Norway today, killing all eight of those believed on aboard, police said.

The plane, a Cessna 402, was en route from Aalborg, Denmark, to Stord, Norway, when it crashed 200 yards short of the runway after midnight. The cause of the crash was not known.

``Everything seemed normal, and we had visual contact with the plane,″ said Jan Morten Myklebust, head of the Stord airport. ``It was dark and raining, but there as a high cloud ceiling and little wind. The plane just suddenly went down.″

The Norwegian state radio network NRK said eight bodies had been recovered from the wreckage.

The plane had been chartered to fly Danish workers to the Aker Stord shipyard 300 miles west of Oslo after a weekend off. The identities and nationalities of the victims were not immediately released.

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