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France Leads Probe of Kosovo Crash

November 15, 1999

PRISTINA, Yugoslavia (AP) _ The bodies of 24 people killed when their flight struck a remote mountain in northern Kosovo were flown to Rome today. Most of the victims were humanitarian aid workers.

Residents of Pristina piled flowers at the entrance of the building of the World Food Program, the Rome-based humanitarian agency that chartered the flight that crashed Friday.

French experts are leading an investigation into the crash, the United Nations said today. A preliminary report is to be ready within a month, and a final document will be published in the first half of 2000.

Elsewhere, peacekeepers traveling in a vehicle in the American-controlled zone of Kosovo near Urosevac fatally struck a woman attempting to cross a road, a NATO spokesman said today.

Military police are investigating the incident, which happened Sunday, said Maj. Roland Lavoie, a spokesman for NATO in Pristina. No further information was immediately available.

In other parts of the province, peacekeepers detained a Serb man in Odevce for threatening another Serb. Military police subsequently searched the man’s house, where they found two rifles and ammunition, Lavoie said.

Also Sunday, an off-duty officer serving in the U.N.-led international police force was assaulted on Pristina’s main street while trying to prevent another assault involving two unidentified individuals. He sustained light injuries, a U.N. spokeswoman said.

A police cadet serving near Lipljan was kidnapped and released unharmed after a couple of hours Sunday, the U.N. said.

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