LUANDA, Angola (AP) _ A U.N. rescue team today reached the crash site of a U.N. plane carrying 14 people that went down two weeks ago over rebel-held territory in central Angola.

U.N. spokesman Hamadoun Toure said he was expecting a report later in the day on whether any survivors of the Dec. 26 crash had been found. An SOS distress signal was picked up from the plane after it went down, and the United Nations said the plane's fuselage was mostly intact.

A second U.N. plane went down a week ago with nine people on board and led to the suspension of all U.N. flights in this vast southwest African nation where a civil war restarted Dec. 4 between the government and UNITA rebels.

U.N. military peacekeepers from the capital, Luanda, flew shortly after dawn to the central highland city of Huambo, 300 miles southeast of Luanda. There, the 27 U.N. staff involved in the operation went with government army forces to the crash site, about 25 miles outside the city.

The team would also search for the C-130 cargo aircraft's flight recorder, according to Toure.

Another rescue team would be sent to the site of the second plane crash once today's mission was completed, Toure said.

The United Nations believes the planes came under fire as they flew over the war zone.

The government says UNITA is holding survivors of the first crash, but the rebels deny that claim.

A U.N. special envoy arrived last Monday to press the government and UNITA to allow a search-and-rescue team to be deployed and cooperate in an investigation.

Under pressure from several countries, including the United States and Russia, both sides this week gave envoy Benon Sevan assurances they would cooperate in reaching the crash sites but offered no assurances of a cease-fire.

The government said Thursday it had retaken control of the area where the first plane went down.

UNITA _ a Portuguese acronym for the National Union for the Total Independence of Angola _ stymied implementation of the 1994 pact by refusing to relinquish control of its highland strongholds and by keeping a 30,000-strong army hidden in the bush.