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Air ambulance crash kills 10 in India

Police officers gather near the site of the plane crash in Faridabad on 26 May 2011
Image caption The plane broke into two and caught fire

Authorities in India are investigating the crash of a small medical ambulance aircraft near the capital, Delhi, which killed 10 people.

The plane crashed on Wednesday night in a residential area in Faridabad town in the northern state of Haryana.

The dead included seven people on board the aircraft and three women who were in the house on which the plane fell.

The craft was flying a critically ill patient from the state of Bihar to a hospital in Delhi.

Reports said a team of the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) was at the site of the crash, sifting through the wreckage of the plane.

A senior DGCA official said the plane had been in contact with air traffic control before suddenly vanishing, the Press Trust of India news agency reported.

Minutes before hitting the ground, the plane broke into two and caught fire, burning parts of the house on which it landed.

Mangled remains of the aircraft lay strewn at the site of the crash and a damaged propeller was also seen.

"When the plane crashed, massive fire erupted and the public started running for the rescue of the victims," Reuters news agency quoted Sanjay Kumar, an eyewitness, as saying.

Police said two people injured in the crash had been admitted to hospital.

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