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3 Americans die in China plane crash

Three Americans were killed when a cargo plane crashed during takeoff at Shanghai's main international airport, U.S. Embassy officials said Saturday.
Image: Scene of plane crash in Shanghai, China
Emergency officials examine the wreckage of a cargo plane after a crash at Pudong International Airport in Shanghai, China, on Saturday.AP
/ Source: The Associated Press

Three Americans were killed when a cargo plane crashed during takeoff at Shanghai's main international airport, U.S. Embassy officials said Saturday.

Embassy spokesman Richard Buangan confirmed that a fourth American was injured. He did not know the injured person's condition.

The plane was on its way to Bishkek, the capital of Kyrgyzstan, when it veered off the runway and burst into flames Saturday morning.

The aircraft's tail struck the ground on takeoff, China Central Television reported. Footage showed black smoke billowing from the wreckage.

Seven crew members were on board. China's official Xinhua news agency reported that one crew member was critically injured, with three in serious condition.

The aircraft was operated by Zimbabwe-based Avient Aviation, Xinhua said.

Citing health officials, the news agency said crew members came from the United States, Indonesia and other unnamed countries.

More than 30 international flights were delayed Saturday morning, leaving about 4,000 travelers stranded on planes or in airport lounges, Xinhua said.

Shanghai is China's largest city and its economic capital. The Pudong airport is located on the eastern edge of the city, by the East China Sea.