MEXICO CITY — A Mexican air force cargo plane crashed at Monterrey International Airport on Wednesday, killing five military personnel, the Defense Department said.
The plane went down after takeoff, the ministry said in a statement, but provided no other details about the accident. Milenio television reported that the plane crashed and exploded after the crew attempted an emergency landing shortly after taking off.
The Central-North Airport Group, the regional airport authority, said flights in and out of Monterrey were continuing. The Monterrey airport serves Mexico's third largest city, which is in the northeastern state of Nuevo Leon.
In a statement, the authority identified the plane as an Antonov AN32, a Russian-made, twin-engine aircraft.
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Venezuela says new reactor not for military
CARACAS, Venezuela — A nuclear reactor that Venezuela plans to build with Russian help will be used to generate electricity and for medical and industrial purposes — not to make weapons, according to an agreement published Wednesday.
The accord, which appeared in the Venezuelan Official Gazette, sets limits on the enrichment of uranium and says the reactor will not be used for "any military objective."
Russia's government agreed to help Venezuela build the reactor last month during a visit to Moscow by President Hugo Chavez. It is unclear how much the project will cost, or when it could be completed.
Chavez has said that his government — a major oil exporter — hopes to diversify its energy sources in the future. The South American country relies on hydroelectric power for most of its electricity.