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Syria says plane from Russia carried legal cargo

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DAMASCUS, Oct 11 (Reuters) - Syria said on Thursday aDamascus-bound plane forced to land in Ankara by Turkish fighterjets while en route from Moscow had been carrying legitimatecargo.

"The plane was not carrying any illegal material," GhaidaAbdulatif, head of Syrian Arab Airlines, told reporters inDamascus. "When the plane was inspected it was clear that therewere ... civilian packages with electrical equipment which areallowed to be transported and had been officially registered."

(Reporting by Marwan Makdesi; Editing by Janet Lawrence)

((Dominic.J.Evans@Thomsonreuters.com)(Reuters Messaging:Dominic.J.Evans.Thomsonreuters.com@reuters.net))

Keywords: SYRIA CRISIS/CARGO