updated 9/14/2011 3:29:11 PM ET 2011-09-14T19:29:11

An Angolan air force plane crashed as it took off from a central base Wednesday, killing 30 people including three generals, state media reported.

Six people survived the fiery crash in Huambo province, and investigators were still trying to determine the cause. The names of the dead and further details about the incident were not immediately available.

Poverty, war, extreme weather and corruption have long plagued air safety in many African countries. Angola, a southwest African country, has a poor record in air safety, largely due to poor maintenance.

The oil- and diamond-rich country is still recovering from a two-decade civil war that ended in 2002.

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