November 28, 2009 / 4:06 AM / 8 years ago

Cargo plane crashes on take-off at Shanghai airport

(Adds crash on take-off, details from state media reports)

SHANGHAI, Nov 28 (Reuters) - A Zimbabwean-registered cargo plane crashed on take-off at a Shanghai airport on Saturday, injuring four people on board, state media said.

The cargo plane had seven people on board and was registered in Zimbabwe, the Xinhua news agency said. The condition of the other three was unknown.

Thick smoke rose above Pudong airport and firemen were at the scene, Xinhua said.

The crash happened early in the morning as the plane was taking off. The plane skidded and set fire to a nearby storage facility, China's national broadcaster CCTV reported.

Airport authorities declined to comment on the accident but said there were delays in flights leaving Shanghai. The Zimbabwe Embassy could not be reached for comment.

(Reporting by Melanie Lee and Rujun Shen; Editing by Paul Tait) ((melanie.lee@thomsonreuters.com; +86 21 6104 1778; Reuters Messaging: melanie.lee.reuters.com@reuters.net)) ((If you have a query or comment on this story, send an email to news.feedback.asia@thomsonreuters.com))

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