|People check the crash site of a Libyan military medical plane in Grombalia city, south of the capital Tunis, in Nabeul governorate, Tunisia, Feb. 21, 2014. The Libyan military medical plane crashed early Friday in Tunisia, leaving all the 11 people on board dead, according to Tunisian emergency officials. (Xinhua/Adher)
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TUNIS, Feb. 21 (Xinhua) -- A Libyan military medical plane crashed early Friday in Tunisia, leaving all the 11 people on board dead, according to Tunisian emergency officials.
The plane crashed in Grombalia city, south of the capital Tunis, in Nabeul governorate.
Tunisia's defense ministry spokesman Tawfiq Al Rahmouni said that the latest call from the plane with the control tower in Tunis-Corthage Airport reported that a fire broke out in the aircraft.
The victims included six crew members of the aircraft, three patients and two doctors, Tunisian radio Mosaique FM reported.
The bodies, which have been charred due to the blaze during the crash, have been transported to the Charles Nicole hospital in Tunis.
According to initial reports, the pilot of the aircraft tried to land in a desert area to minimize the losses after the engine of the plane (a Soviet twin-propeller Antonov-26) stopped working and caught fire.
Mosaique FM also said the black box of the plane is being analyzed to determine the causes of the accident.