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Cargo plane crashes in Pakistan

A cargo plane crashed into a residential area of Karachi, Pakistan, soon after takeoff Sunday, killing all eight crew members and causing a huge fire.

A cargo plane crashed into a residential area of Karachi, Pakistan, soon after takeoff Sunday, killing all eight crew members and causing a huge fire.

Reporters on the scene said several buildings were on fire and loud explosions were heard. They said the plane came down in an upscale housing complex for naval officers and their families.

At least one person on the ground was injured and was being treated in hospital for severe burns, a doctor said.

The Russian-made plane missed several densely populated apartment blocks by a few hundred metres. About 20 houses were damaged or destroyed though most were under construction and either empty or occupied by the workers building them, local residents said.

Fire trucks sprayed foam onto the crash site. As the flames died down, rescuers began searching the destroyed buildings, looking for bodies or survivors. TV footage showed several bodies at a local hospital.

Hundreds of people came to see the spectacle and film it with their cellphones, hampering access for emergency workers.

One of the plane's engines was on fire when it flew overhead, several witnesses said.

"I saw one of its wings was burning and there was a blast and the fire engulfed the aircraft very quickly," said Riaz Ahmed.

Aviation authority spokesman Pervais George said the cargo plane was heading to Sudan when it came down two minutes after takeoff. He said the crew members, all Russians, were dead.

The crash was the third in less than five months in Pakistan.

Earlier this month in Karachi, 21 people were killed when a small passenger plane crashed soon after takeoff.

In July, a passenger jet operated by Pakistan carrier Airblue crashed into hills overlooking the capital, Islamabad, during stormy weather, killing all 152 on board.