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Russian Cargo Plane Crashes in E. Timor

January 31, 2003

BAUCAU, East Timor (AP) _ A Russian cargo plane with a crew of six crashed as it attempted to land in fog on the north coast of East Timor, a U.N. official said Friday.

The Russian-made IL-76 jet was carrying equipment for a Portuguese telephone company in East Timor, U.N. spokesman Wilton Fonseca said in the capital, Dili.

It crashed about three miles short of the airport in Baucau at about 3:30 p.m. local time (2:30 a.m. EST), Fonseca said.

There were no immediate reports of any survivors, he said.