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2007/06/25 18:34 KST
(3rd LD) Passenger jet crashes in Cambodia with 13 S. Koreans on board: reports

By Byun Duk-kun
SEOUL, June 25 (Yonhap) -- A chartered jet believed to be carrying 13 South Korean and three Cambodian passengers went missing shortly after taking off from Cambodia's Siem Reap Airport early Monday, news reports said.

   Japan's Kyodo News Agency said the plane crashed near Kirirom Mountain, 130 kilometers west of the Cambodian capital, Phnom Penh.

   The accident could not immediately be confirmed in Seoul.

   "We are still gathering information through our diplomatic mission in Phnom Penh," said Kim Hee-chul, an official at the consular division of the South Korean Foreign Ministry.

   A ministry official later said that the government plans to dispatch what he called a "quick reaction team" on the next flight out of Seoul to Cambodia.

   "To take control of the reported accident in the nearest future possible, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade also plans to file a request with the Cambodian Embassy in South Korea for cooperation," the ministry official told reporters while asking not to be identified.

   Onboard the Russian-made An-24 plane was a total of 22 people, including the crew of the PMT Air flight, the foreign reports said.

   The flight was reportedly en route to Cambodia's coastal city of Sihanoukville from Siem Reap, where the famous Angkor Wat temple is located.

   Local authorities were quoted as saying that there are 13 South Korean and three Cambodian names on the passenger list.

   bdk@yna.co.kr
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