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Plane crashes on landing, killing 5

June 29, 2007|From Times Wire Reports

An Angolan Airlines plane crashed on landing at an airport in northern Angola, killing five people, on the same day the European Union said it was blacklisting the airline because of safety concerns.

The Boeing 737 plane broke in half at an airport in M'banza Congo, about 180 miles north of the capital, Luanda, national airports chief Celso Rosas said.

The airline, known by its Portuguese acronym TAAG, said 79 passengers were on board.

The plane bounced before hitting a house, the state news agency, Angop, reported.

The European Union announced it was adding the airline to a list of carriers barred from flying to EU nations because of safety concerns.

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