U.N. Plane Crashes in Haiti Killing 11 Peacekeepers

Friday, Oct 9, 2009  |  Updated 8:00 PM EDT
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U.N. Plane Crashes in Haiti Killing 11 Peacekeepers

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Eleven United Nations peacekeepers were killed Friday when their surveillance plane crashed into a mountain in Haiti, the world body said.

Rescuers found no survivors in the wreckage of the Uruguayan CASA212 that went down in a rugged region near the border with the Dominican Republic, U.N. spokeswoman Michele Montas said.

The victims were military personnel from Jordan and Uruguay who are part of the 9,000-strong U.N. peacekeeping force serving in Haiti. The group has maintained a presence in the troubled island nation since a 2004 rebellion ousted fromer President Jean-Bertrand Aristide.

Rescue teams, who were forced to hike to the crash scene on foot because no roads exist in the area, recovered the bodies and the U.N. is investigating the accident.

Get more: MSNBC, Associated Press

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