20 feared dead in Cambodia plane crash

A chartered plane flying between two popular tourist destinations in Cambodia crashed today, with at least 20 people on board feared killed, an aviation official said.

A chartered plane flying between two popular tourist destinations in Cambodia crashed today, with at least 20 people on board feared killed, an aviation official said.

The plane, a Russian-made AN-24, was flying from Siem Reap, where the famous Angkor Wat temple complex is located, to Sihanoukville, a coastal city with access to beaches.

An official at Siem Reap airport said 13 of the passengers were from South Korea, three were Czech, one was Russian and five were Cambodian. Their names were not available.

The official said the plane carried a crew of five Cambodians.

The plane belonged to small Cambodian airline PMT Air, which began flying from Siem Reap to Sihanoukville in January.

The airport official said contact with the plane was lost at 10.50am, five minutes before it was due to land. The crash site has not yet been located by rescue teams.

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