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Report says pilot error caused Saudi freight crash

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09:38 CEST+02:00
A Lufthansa cargo plane that crashed at Riyadh's airport this week did so due to a bad landing by its pilots, the first results of a Saudi probe showed on Saturday.

"When landing at King Khaled International Airport, the aircraft struck the runway which destroyed the undercarriage and caused it to slide off the track," the head of Saudi Arabia's civil aviation security said in a statement.

"The impact caused a fire in the aircraft," Abel Rahman Bukhari said, based on the preliminary results of the investigation into Tuesday's accident involving the German carrier.

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Saudi airport officials had said the MD-11 plane, which was flying 80 tonnes of freight from Frankfurt to the Saudi capital, had caught fire before it touched down, citing the two-man crew who suffered slight injuries.

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