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42 Dead In Military Plane Crash In Hungary

(RFE/RL) 20 January 2006 -- Hungary's Interior Ministry said today that 42 Slovak soldiers died when the military plane they were traveling in crashed in northeastern Hungary.

The ministry said it revised its earlier toll of 44 dead from the 19 January crash after receiving the official passenger list from Slovak authorities.

Tibor Dobson, who heads the Interior Ministry's disaster-prevention unit, said there were 43 people on the plane, and not 45 as Hungarian authorities had earlier reported.

Dobson said one person survived the crash, but offered no details.

The AN-24 military plane, which was en route from Kosovo to Slovakia carrying Slovak peacekeeping troops, burst into flames at the crash site near Telkibanya, close to the border with Slovakia.