Watch footage of Sharjah plane crash

Watch video footage from the scene of the plane crash near Sharjah Airport.
Watch footage of Sharjah plane crash
By Andy Sambidge
Wed 21 Oct 2009 06:27 PM

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Amateur video footage captured the immediate aftermath of the plane crash in Sharjah on Wednesday afternoon.

An investigation has been launched after a Sudanese cargo plane with six people on board crashed near Sharjah Airport on on its way to Khartoum.

The plane was taking off from the north runway, when it crashed to the ground two miles from the airport, Sheikh Khalid Al Qasimi, director of civil aviation, told Arabian Business.

All six crew members perished in the tragedy and their bodies have been recovered from the crash site.

The plane came down near the Sharjah Golf and Shooting Club off Emirates Road at around 3.30pm. Officials said the black box had been found and that a full investigation would be carried out by the General Civil Aviation Authority.

The aircraft involved in the incident was a Azza Air flight from Sudan. Azza Transport is a cargo airline based in Khartoum, Sudan. It operates a cargo charter service throughout Africa and the Middle East and is planning services for Europe.

Martin Duff, director of the golf club, near to where the plane crashed, said: "Most of the plane came down on the other side of the road. There's a bit of debris spread on the perimeter. The golf course is not affected."

Golfer Bill Buchanan was on the course when he saw the plane hit the ground, exploding into a huge ball of flames.

"The plane was taking off and it banked to the right. It looked like it was struggling to get height and we thought it was going to land on the golf course. The pilot obviously thought he was, so he banked tightly to the right and then the plane hit ground in a ball of flames and smoke.

"We were quite shocked when we saw it. It was quite scary."

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