Polish army plane in fatal crash
A military transport plane has crashed near the north-western Polish town of Miroslawiec, killing at least seven of the 18 people on board, officials say.
Fire service spokesman Pawel Fratczak told TVN24 the Casa C-295M came down in a wood while attempting to land at a Polish air force base, causing a fire.
The Polish Air Force said the plane had 14 passengers and four crew. Earlier, officials said 10 were on board.
The emergency services are continuing to search for survivors.
The BBC's Adam Easton in Warsaw says it appears the aircraft suddenly fell from a height of 200m (650ft), crashed into forest and burst into flames.
Difficult rescue operation
Bad weather is not thought by officials to have been a factor in the tragedy, which occurred about 2km (1.2 miles) from the airport.
Emergency service officials described the rescue operation as difficult due to the fire and restricted access in the forest.
TVN24 said the plane was carrying officials who had taken part in an aviation safety conference.
Miroslawiec is home to the Polish Air Force's 12th air base and it is believed all the passengers were military personnel.
The C-295M is a medium-range, twin-turboprop aircraft developed by the Madrid-based manufacturer, Construcciones Aeronauticas SA
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Published: 2008/01/23 22:29:52 GMT
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