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No casualties in Riyadh cargo plane crash

Lufthansa cargo plane split in half in Riyadh

A cargo plane belonging to the German carrier Lufthansa crashed on landing at Riyadh airport on Tuesday, with the pilots hospitalized, Al Arabiya and the Saudi state television reported.

"The plane's pilot and co-pilot were hospitalized," said Al Arabiya TV.

It said the aircraft broke up into two on landing after smoke was seen coming from the plane as it approached the airport. Civil defense teams were working to put out the fire.

A Saudi civil aviation authority spokesman, Khalid al-Khaibri, gave no details on the crash, which took place at around noon (0900 GMT). "We are still collecting information," he said.

An airport ground services official, declining to give his name, told AFP the plane, apparently an MD-11, appeared to have caught fire upon landing. "The aircraft is totally finished," he said.

Lufthansa had a scheduled flight to Riyadh from its Frankfurt hub on Tuesday, airport sources said.