A Zimbabwe cargo plane crashed shortly after taking off Saturday from Shanghai’s main international airport, killing three crew members, a government official said.
The official Xinhua News Agency cited Shanghai’s municipal information office as saying three people died. A man answering the phone there confirmed the deaths and said one other crew member was seriously injured, with the other three slightly injured.
The man, surnamed Wang, said all of the crew members are foreigners but he did not know their nationalities.
China Central Television said the plane’s tail struck the ground on takeoff, and an airport warehouse also caught fire in the crash. The report showed billowing thick black smoke at the scene, with police officers blocking closer access.