CAIRO, August 30 /ITAR-TASS/ The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry confirmed on Saturday that a Ukrainian plane crashed in Algeria.
A cargo An-12 plane of the Ukraine Aero Alliance company with a Ukrainian crew crashed in Algeria on Saturday morning, the ministry cited its embassy in Algeria as saying.
The plane was carrying oil equipment on a flight from Tamanrasset (Algeria) to Malabo (Equatorial Guinea).
According to preliminary reports, all the seven crew members died. Search work was continuing at the site. Experts were working there, the Foreign Ministry said.
Algerian media reported that the An-12 crashed three minutes after the take off. The plane fell 15 km south of the airport in the province of Tamanrasset. It was on a flight to Equatorial Guinea.
Among versions of supposed causes is a technical fault.
Three dead bodies have been found, including the body of the captain.
The search is complicated because the site is in mountains.
According to the official website of Ukraine Aero Alliance, it is a private joint stock company, one of Ukraine’s first private airlines to receive the international status. It was founded in 1992. It provides cargo transportation services. The company has experience to transport U.N. humanitarian cargoes. It has seven An-12 planes.
Aero Alliance is approved to transport dangerous cargoes, including for military use.