UN plane crash in Haiti kills all 11

October 9, 2009 4:20:42 PM PDT
A surveillance plane assigned to the U.N. peacekeeping mission in Haiti crashed into a mountain Friday killing all 11 military personnel on board, the United Nations said. U.N. spokeswoman Michele Montas said the Uruguayan CASA212 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 in the area and when they arrived they found no survivors, she said.

The victims were Uruguayan and Jordanian military personnel serving with the 9,000-strong U.N. peacekeeping force which has been in Haiti since a 2004 rebellion ousted former President Jean-Bertrand Aristide, Montas said.

The United Nations has recovered the bodies of the victims and has launched an investigation into the crash, she said.

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