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Kazakhstan: Saudi And Kazakh Planes Collide Near New Delhi

New Delhi, 12 November 1996 (RFE/RL) - Indian civil aviation authorities fear that nearly 350 people were killed in a mid-air collision this evening near New Delhi, according to The Press Trust of India (PTI).

Personnel aboard a U.S. military aircraft witnessed the collision of a Saudi Arabian Boeing 747 jumbo jet and a Kazakh Airways Tupolev 154 airliner about 40 nautical miles west of the Indian capital.

Authorities in India say the aircraft collided over the village of Charkhi Dadri in Haryana state and crashed in flat farmland.

An official in the office of the airport manager at Indira Gandhi International Airport has confirmed the crash.

Emergency services from the capital are rushing to the site.