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Three dead, four injured in Cargo plane crash in Shanghai Pudong Airport

2009-11-28 06:47:20 GMT2009-11-28 14:47:20 (Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

An injured crew member of a plane is treated in a hospital in Shanghai of east China on Nov. 28, 2009. A cargo plane registered in Zimbabwe caught fire when taking off at the Shanghai Pudong International Airport. Four crew members are injured, 3 other dead. (Xinhua/Liu Ying)

Fire fighters are carried to the Shanghai Pudong International Airport in Shanghai of east China on Nov. 28, 2009. A cargo plane registered in Zimbabwe caught fire when taking off at the Shanghai Pudong International Airport. Four crew members are injured, 3 other dead. (Xinhua/Pei Xin)

The injured crew members of a plane are treated in a hospital in Shanghai of east China on Nov. 28, 2009. A cargo plane registered in Zimbabwe caught fire when taking off at the Shanghai Pudong International Airport. Four crew members are injured, 3 other dead. (Xinhua/Liu Ying)

Fire engines and debris are seen at the scene of a plane crash at Shanghai Pudong International Airport in Shanghai November 28, 2009. Three died and four others were injured after a Zimbabwe-registerd cargo plane caught fire at the airport Saturday, local officials said. [Xinhua]

SHANGHAI, Nov. 28 (Xinhua) -- Three staff have died and four others were injured after a cargo plane caught fire at the Shanghai Pudong airport Saturday, local officials said.

The blaze occurred at 8:12 a.m., when the plane veered off the runway before it took off, they said.

All the seven foreign staff were rushed to the People's Hospital of Pudong New Area, where three of them died and one is in serious condition as of 11:00 a.m.

The four injured men appeared weak with blood on their faces, but remained conscious in the hospital's Intensive Care Unit.

Two of the seven staff were from the United States and Indonesia, while the nationalities of others were yet identified, local health officials said.

The plane, SMJ 324, was registered at Zimbabwe. It was scheduled to fly from Shanghai to Bishkek, capital of Kyrgyzstan.

Affected by the accident, more than 30 international flights were delayed, which stranded about 4,000 passengers in planes or airport lounges, according to officials with the Shanghai Pudong Airport.

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