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11 U.N. peacekeepers killed in plane crash

October 10, 2009|Times Wire Reports

A surveillance plane assigned to the U.N. peacekeeping mission in Haiti crashed into a mountain, killing all 11 military personnel on board, the United Nations said.

U.N. spokeswoman Michele Montas in New York said the Uruguayan CASA 212 aircraft went down in rugged terrain west of Fonds-Verrettes near the border with the Dominican Republic.

Rescue teams had to go to the area on foot because there were no roads there. When they arrived, they found no survivors, she said.

The bodies were recovered and were being taken back to the capital, Port-au-Prince, according to a statement from the U.N. peacekeeping mission in Haiti.

Police Commissioner Sidney Jean-Joas in Ganthier, the municipality where the crash occurred, said he had sent several officers to the site to help U.N. officials.

The dead were Uruguayan and Jordanian military personnel serving with the 9,000-member peacekeeping force that has been in Haiti since a 2004 rebellion ousted then-President Jean-Bertrand Aristide.

The United Nations has begun an investigation of the crash, Montas said.

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