Falcon Aviation Antonov AN-12B plane crash
The civilian An-12 cargo plane operated by Falcon Aviation took off from Al Asad Air Base in western Iraq en route to Baghdad, Irak. Six crewmembers and a
passenger were onboard. The plane crashed shortly after takeoff, killing all seven people aboard.
The Russian-made plane was on a cargo flight and was carrying FedEx packages among its cargo. The plane lost radio contact shortly after take-off and crashed near the city of Fallujah in western Irak.
Both the U.S. military and FedEx say the Antonov was not brought down by hostile fire. It is believed the likely cause was mechanical failure or pilot error.
Falcon Aviation, which has its hub in Dubai, is contracted by FedEx to transport cargo across the Gulf countries. It uses aircraft owned and operated by British Gulf International which has its hub in Dubai's neighbouring emirate Sharjah.