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Guinean military plane hits TV station: witnesses
April 16, 2007 / 12:35 PM / in 11 years

Guinean military plane hits TV station: witnesses

CONAKRY (Reuters) - A Guinean military plane crashed into the West African country’s state broadcasting centre on Monday, setting fire to the building located across the road from the U.S. embassy, witnesses said.

“A Guinean army plane crashed into the roof. The building caught fire and the fire brigade are there now. Luckily everybody got out and at the moment there are no reports of injured or dead,” said TV journalist Makale Soumah, who works at the building.

“The two pilots inside the plane were able to eject and use their parachutes,” she said.

A spokesman at the U.S. embassy, which is located across the road from the broadcaster, said there was nobody hurt at the embassy and no damage to the embassy itself, but would not comment further on what had happened.

Witnesses said the plane was a Soviet-made MiG.

After severing links with former colonial ruler France, Guinea, the world’s biggest bauxite exporter, built up close links with Moscow and its air force has several Soviet-made MiG-21 aircraft.

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