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Mauritania Airways plane overshoots runway, 10 injured

Last Updated: Wednesday, July 28, 2010 - 21:49

Conakry: A Mauritanian passenger jet
with 97 people on board overshot the runway as it landed at
Guinea`s main airport on Wednesday, slightly injuring 10 people,
airport officials said.

The accident involving a Mauritanian Airways Boeing
737-700 at Conakry airport happened in the early hours of the
morning, they said.
"There are 10 people slightly injured, all taken to
two hospitals in Conakry," the airport management said,
updating an earlier toll of two injured.

"The plane landed in the middle of the runway at
around 1:30 am (0700 IST)" before it overshot the tarmac, an
airport source said.

Passengers were evacuated by emergency services.
The jet came to rest in scrubland beyond the runway and was
still there several hours after the incident.

The plane was on a flight from the Mauritanian
capital Nouakchott via Dakar in Senegal.

Guinean Prime Minister Jean-Marie Dore and
Transport Minister Mathurin Bangoura visited the scene of the
accident on Wednesday.

"It is a catastrophe and at this stage it is
difficult to say how it happened. Everything will be done to
help the passengers and to find the cause of this accident,"
Dore told reporters.
Mauritania Airways is 51 percent owned by Tunisair,
with the rest held by the Mauritanian state and private
investors.

PTI



First Published: Wednesday, July 28, 2010 - 21:49

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