Chinese military plane crashes; 2 deaths reported

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BEIJING (AP) — A Chinese military plane crashed in the country's northwest on Monday and a news website says at least two people were killed.

The plane crashed at about 3 p.m. near the city of Weinan, about 1,000 kilometers (600 miles) west of Beijing, in Shaanxi province, according to the local fire department and the website Huashang Het.

Photos on the website showed smoking wreckage, including a tail bearing the markings of the People's Liberation Army, strewn across a farm field. It said wreckage was spread across an area 500 meters (1,500 feet) long.

At least two people were killed, Huashang Net said, citing unidentified witnesses. The website is operated by Huashang Media Group, a major newspaper publisher in the western city of Xi'an.

A man who answered the phone at the Weinan fire department said 10 fire trucks were sent to the crash site but the department had received no report of casualties. He refused to give his name.

The Chinese Defense Ministry did not immediately respond to a request for information.

Weinan also was the site of a military helicopter crash in March that injured two people aboard the craft.

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