A ROMANIAN military aircraft crashed today minutes after taking off from Tuzla airport, in the northeastern part of Bosnia, killing 10 people and leaving three more injured.
Deputy Transport Minister Marin Anton said the AN-2 aircraft, a single-engined biplane of Soviet design, lost altitude soon after take-off, crashed and caught fire.
The plane carried nine paratroopers and four crew members.
The three injured were taken to a local hospital, one of them in a coma, medical sources said.
Witnesses quoted by local media said three paratroopers had apparently managed to jump from the aircraft before it crashed.