Published: Jul 27, 2010 11:56 AM EDT
Updated: Jul 27, 2010 8:57 AM EDT

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) - Lufthansa airlines said one of its

cargo planes was involved in an accident Tuesday in the Saudi

Arabian capital Riyadh and Saudi witnesses and an airport official

said it caught fire and crashed on landing.

Riyadh airport official Fahd al-Hamoud said the plane caught

fire as it was landing, crashed and split in two halves. He said

the pilot and co-pilot were lightly injured and were rushed to

hospital. There was no further word on casualties.

A Deutsche Lufthansa AG spokeswoman at the airline headquarters

in Frankfurt, Germany said the plane did not crash but was involved

in an accident. The spokeswoman, who declined to be named in line

with company policy, said she could not yet provide further


The Arab satellite TV channel Al-Arabiya aired live footage from

the airport showing the plane on fire and black smoke billowing

into the sky.