September 14th, 2011
05:52 PM ET

Plane crashes in Angola, killing 17 people

[Updated at 5:52 p.m. ET] A military plane crashed during takeoff at an airport in Angola on Wednesday, killing 17 of the 23 people on board, an official from the Huambo province said.

Three generals from the nation's armed forces were among those killed in the crash in Huambo, state-run news agency Angop said. The official who spoke to CNN said that two women and two children were among the dead.

Among the six survivors were the pilot and co-pilot, according to the official.

The plane was scheduled to fly to Angola's capital, Luanda, the official said.

Military sources told Angop that they have yet to identify the victims and that there was no explanation for why the plane crashed.

- Journalist Youmna El-Tayara contributed to this report.

soundoff (32 Responses)
  1. RUFFNUTT (kcmo , hut tub repairman & maker of disco balls)

    ofcourse the pilot and co pilot survived.. firgures....
    kinda like drunk drivers always survive but everyone in the other car dies..

    September 14, 2011 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • ShutUpHippie

      When the flight crew survive an accident where others were killed, an extreme case of survivors' guilt usually ensues. I've heard of several pilots who lost passengers killing themselves, the guilt was so great. It usually depends on how the plane went in that determines if the flight crew survives or not.

      September 14, 2011 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sev

      you have no idea why the plane crashed...assuming its pilot error is pure ignorance. Not to say that it wasn't their fault...but let's wait for the full details before we start throwing the pilots under the bus.....or plane for that matter.

      September 14, 2011 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Fred Evil

      NO, it doesn't figure. Pilots sit at the front, they are usually the FIRST killed.
      Drunk drivers are so drunk they don't tense up before an accident, and are flung about like rag dolls. But because they didn't fight it, they usually don't get injured from the incredible forces in an accident.

      September 14, 2011 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • RUFFNUTT (kcmo , hut tub repairman & maker of disco balls)

      i bet you these pilots, knew they were going down and put the plane tail first on purpose so they would live.. (and didn't care about the others)

      September 14, 2011 at 8:59 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Righton

    And we care because? Yeah, yeah, let me have it "If you don't care you shouldn't have read it." I was thinking it might have been US military.

    September 14, 2011 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • JoeSeattle


      September 14, 2011 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Fred Evil

      Sorry, some folks care about people beyond our borders. You certainly don't have to, but it speaks volumes about your humanity, or lack thereof....

      September 14, 2011 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bill

      Bingo! I agree with you. They presented it in such a fashion as to make us think that it was OUR generals. Anything to create a stink should be the motto of CNN.

      September 14, 2011 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • George

      Sorry that CNN couldn't grace you with News of Paris Hilton or Lindsay Lohan. Some people like to know and educated themselves on International issues. No wonders America is lacking when it comes to education.

      September 14, 2011 at 7:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • WickedNorth

      It says 3 generals in Angola....

      September 14, 2011 at 7:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • WickedNorth

      It says 3 generals in Angola right in the headlines before you click on it...

      September 14, 2011 at 7:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      Hopefully our military would never put 3 generals on the same plane. Kind of like putting all of the board of directors from a company on the same plane. Too risky.

      September 14, 2011 at 8:32 pm | Report abuse |
  3. dutspup

    CNN hey dumb Fk, your advertiser loaded a js virus in theri add on the top right ya dorks.

    September 14, 2011 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Amir

    this works out great I get to watch fox from 1-3 then I get to see brook right after.

    September 14, 2011 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
  5. champ

    looks like another government job to shut some folks up. i thought that only happened here.

    September 14, 2011 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Futon Torpedo

    Miss Angola wins Miss Universe then 3 Angolan Generals die in a plane crash.... this smells like conspiracy to me. We need Sandra Bullock and Benji Bratt on the case.

    September 14, 2011 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
  7. robert

    im betting it was an assasination

    September 14, 2011 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
  8. banasy©

    Condolences to the families of those who were lost today.

    September 14, 2011 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Craig

    Who seriously cares about black Africa? Let me know when another arab country goes crazy.

    September 14, 2011 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Bill

    Ha, fooled me with the headline. I thought that it meant OUR generals. Rank is different in most of those nations. General is like 'private' here. Colonel Gaddhafi was the top dog, but Colonel in the US is below General.

    September 14, 2011 at 6:04 pm | Report abuse |
  11. yo mamma

    must have been a woman flying the plane.. Baaazing!!!!!

    September 14, 2011 at 7:33 pm | Report abuse |
  12. ZykPysk

    Too bad for the loss of life. I wonder how old the "Generals" were being as the median age in Angola is 18. I bet I could go over there and be their emperor.

    September 14, 2011 at 7:49 pm | Report abuse |
  13. MarineDad05

    Angola? Dis the pilot take off his eyes to watch the Miss Universe Contest?
    His country won.

    September 14, 2011 at 7:58 pm | Report abuse |
  14. miss_universe

    They were fighting over me.

    September 14, 2011 at 8:28 pm | Report abuse |
  15. JackLack

    Three Angolan Generals.... Isn't that the equivalent of one US buck Private?

    September 14, 2011 at 8:36 pm | Report abuse |
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