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Sun 24 Aug 2008 07:00 AM

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Four workers killed in Saudi airport explosion

Fuel tank blast kills four, injures several others as they were dismantling old planes.

Four Pakistani workers died when a fuel tank of an old aircraft exploded at Taif airport in Jeddah, according to the General Authority for Civil Aviation (GACA).

The incident happened around 4.15 pm on Saturday and a statement from the GACA said: "The right fuel tank of an old Tristar aircraft caught fire and exploded killing four workers and injuring several others.

"They were all working for Regency Projects Company and were contracted to dismantle old planes at Taif airport."

Those injured were taken to hospital after the fire was extinguished, the statement added.

Air traffic in Taif was not affected by the accident and investigations are under way to ascertain how the tragedy occurred.

Regency Projects is a British company involved in the purchase, operation and sale of mainly overage vessels but most recently diversified into aviation and oil refinery management.

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