Russian Cargo Plane Crashes in E. Timor
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 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.
``There was a lot of fog,″ Fonseca said. ``There was bad weather.″
Fonseca said the United Nations sent a rescue plane to the area 60 miles east of Dili, along with peacekeepers who were searching for survivors.
The IL-76 is a four-engine jet. Although originally intended as a military cargo aircraft, it is now widely used around the world as a civilian freighter.