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.