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NAIROBI — A cargo plane crashed into a commercial building in the Kenyan capital of Nairobi, shortly after taking off from the city's main airport on Wednesday and the four crew members on board were feared dead, the Kenyan Airports Authority (KAA) said.

Television footage showed the tail and wings of a white plane ripped in half outside a smoldering two-story building left mangled by the force of the impact. KAA said on its Twitter feed all the crew members were "feared to have perished." Kenyan media reported the four crew members were killed.

A Kenyan soldier stands near the wreckage of a cargo plane which crashed into a commercial building in a Nairobi susburb shortly after takeoff early on July, 2, 2014.TONY KARUMBA / AFP - Getty Images

The plane crashed into shops in Nairobi's Embekasi neighborhood near the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA), where a terminal was gutted by a major fire last year. JKIA is east Africa's busiest airport and acts as key travel gateway to the region.

— Reuters

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