Anti-aircraft missile hits UN plane carrying food aid in Angola
The plane, which was about 10 kilometres out of the airport and at an altitude of 15,000 feet, was hit in one of its engines, a UN spokesman told the press in New York.
"Although badly damaged, the crew managed to regain control of the plane and landed it safely at Luena," spokesman Fred Eckhard said. "WFP is conducting an investigation and has suspended air operations into Luena, at least for today."
Luena is one of the many towns in Angola that WFP can only supply by air, the spokesman said. "Right now, WFP tells us that they have supplies in Luena to cover the next four to five weeks."