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Camp Bastion runway crash driver dies.

Summary: An Afghan man who crashed a stolen vehicle on to the runway of Afghanistan's Camp Bastion had died of severe burns.

A man who crashed a stolen vehicle on the runway of Afghanistan's Camp Bastion, as US defence secretary Leon Panetta arrived there, has died of his injuries.

The deputy commander of American forces in Afghanistan said the driver died of severe burns.

According to reports, the driver apparently had a container of fuel in the vehicle, which ignited during Wednesday's crash at the airfield at Britain's biggest base in Afghanistan - home to a large contingent of US troops as well as UK forces.

Lieutenant General Scaparotti said the driver had been heading towards a group of marines. He travelled at high speed and crashed into a ditch near the ramp where Mr Panetta's plane was going to park.

No one in the defence secretary's party was hurt.

In a statement on Wednesday, Nato's International Security Assistance Force (Isaf) said: "We are currently investigating to determine more facts... at no point was the secretary or anyone on the aircraft in any danger from this incident."

Camp Bastion was put under lockdown in the aftermath of the incident, with flights and movements in and out restricted while it was investigated, and Ministry of Defence police patrolled roads inside the base.

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Date:Mar 15, 2012
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