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Vintage biplane crashes in Kenya, pilots unhurt

NAIROBI--An Irish father and daughter team taking part in a cross-Africa rally escaped unhurt after crashlanding their 1930s biplane on the way to Kenya's capital, where participants staged an airshow Sunday, organizers said.

"Team Eagle in a Boeing Stearman have suffered total engine failure and made a forced landing. We are happy to say and terribly relieved that both crew are uninjured, but the aircraft is irreparably damaged," the Vintage Air Rally said on its Facebook page of the incident which took place on Saturday.

About a dozen planes from the 1920s and 1930s are taking part in the 13,000-kilometer journey from the Greek island of Crete to Cape Town — an extraordinary bid in aircraft with no autopilot, automation or protection from the elements.

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