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A cargo plane has crashed into a residential area of Karachi in Pakistan

A cargo plane has crashed into a residential area of Karachi, Pakistan’s largest city, soon after take off, setting off a huge blaze.

The aircraft had eight crew on board, the civil aviation authority said,

Casualties on the ground appeared likely. TV footage showed a large fire at the scene of the crash in Karachi.

Aviation authority spokesman Pervais George said the Russian-made cargo plane was heading to Sudan when it came down two minutes after take-off.

He said he could not confirm any information on casualties.

Reporters at the scene said several buildings were on fire and loud explosions were heard.

The plane came down in a housing complex for Naval officers, the reporters said.

The crash was the third in less than four months in Pakistan.

Earlier this month in Karachi, 21 people were killed when a small passenger plane crashed soon after take off.

In July, a passenger jet operated by Pakistan carrier Airblue crashed into hills overlooking the capital, Islamabad, during stormy weather, killing all 152 onboard.

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