DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — A UPS cargo plane with two crew members on board crashed shortly after takeoff Friday outside Dubai, officials said.
The state news agency WAM, quoting the General Civil Aviation Authority, reported that the "bodies of two pilots" had been found at the scene, but UPS did not confirm that.
The plane went down inside a United Arab Emirates air base near a busy highway intersection about 10 miles southeast of Dubai's international airport. WAM said the crash occurred in an unpopulated desert area, suggesting there may not have been casualties on the ground.
UPS spokeswoman Kristen Petrella said the Boeing 747-400 went down at about 8 p.m. in Dubai. It was en route to the UPS hub in Cologne, Germany, she said.
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Iranian opposition leader's home attacked
TEHRAN, Iran — Pro- government crowds swarmed outside the battered home of a key Iranian opposition leader Friday after militiamen attacked with firebombs and beat a bodyguard unconscious in a brazen message of intimidation and pinpoint pressure on dissent.
The assault on Mahdi Karroubi's five-story residence late Thursday — just hours before major state-backed rallies — displayed the growing tactics of trying to isolate and harass top opposition figures after relentless crackdowns appear to have driven protesters from the streets.