February 2, 1997 in Nation/World

Air Senegal Crash Kills At Least 20

Compiled From Wire Services

An Air Senegal plane carrying mostly European tourists crashed on takeoff and burned in this west African country Saturday, killing at least 20 people, most of them French. At least 30 people were injured.

The flight was leaving the central city of Tambacounda en route to the capital, Dakar, about 250 miles west, when it crashed, according to state-run radio and the French government.

Senegalese radio said the plane burst into flames when it hit the ground at the Tambacounda airport.

In Paris, Foreign Ministry deputy spokesman Yves Doutriaux said an engine apparently malfunctioned.

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