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Hungary plane crash: 42 dead

Soldier survived crash with minor injuries

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(CNN) -- Recovery efforts continued Friday at the site of the crash of an AN-24 Slovak military plane, which was carrying 43 passengers when it crashed in the rugged terrain of northern Hungary.

Those on board included three crew members and 40 Slovak soldiers, according to Lt. Col. Kiss Dezfo of the Hungarian Defense Ministry.

One person -- a 30-year-old soldier -- survived, authorities said. News reports said he suffered minor injuries.

The crash site is in a remote mountainous area, accessible only by foot, near the Hungarian town of Telkibanya, about one mile from the Slovak border. Conditions were hampering efforts to transport casualties from the crash site, authorities said.

Slovakia is directly north of Hungary.

Twenty-one bodies had been recovered, according to the Hungarian Interior Ministry. About 100 Hungarian special forces, using infrared goggles, climbed the rocky terrain and were searching the area, Batiz said.

No ammunition or explosives were found on the plane, according to police at the site of the crash, since the aircraft was not being used for military duty at the time.

The plane -- which was en route to Kosice, Slovakia from Pristina, Kosovo in the Balkans -- crashed about 7:30 p.m. (1:30 p.m. ET) after traveling about 3 kilometers (2 miles).

-- CNN Correspondent Stephanie Halasz and Journalist Fanny Facsar contributed to this report.

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