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U.S. military airplane crashes in Albania; 9 believed dead

U.S. military airplane crashes in Albania; 9 believed dead

Associated Press

TIRANA, Albania — A U.S. military airplane crashed in central Albania while on a training mission Thursday, and all nine people aboard were believed to have been killed, the Defense Ministry said.

The plane had taken off from Tirana's Mother Teresa Airport and crashed in the district of Gramsh, 50 miles southeast of capital, Tirana, Defense Ministry spokesman Agim Doci told The Associated Press.

Doci said it was believed nine people were aboard the plane, which was taking part in joint exercises with the Albanian military.

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