3 dead, 44 injured in Russian plane explosion

The Moscow bound aircraft`s engine caught fire shortly after take off from the oil-rich Siberian city of Surgut.

Last Updated: Jan 01, 2011, 23:40 PM IST

Moscow: Three people were killed and 44
others injured on Saturday after a Russian jet with 116 passengers and nine crew members on board burst into flames before take-off at a Siberian airport.

At least three people have died and 44 were injured
after an ensuing explosion and fire of a Russian Tu-154M
passenger jet that made an emergency landing in the Siberian
city of Surgut due to an engine flaming out on takeoff,
Russia`s Emergencies Ministry said.

There were 116 passengers and nine crew members on
board the plane from Kogalymavia Airlines which was to land at Moscow`s Domodedovo Airport, the Emergencies Ministry was quoted as saying by the state-run news agency Ria Novosti.

The Moscow bound aircraft`s engine caught fire shortly
after take off from the oil-rich Siberian city of Surgut.

The pilot decided to return and make an emergency
landing following which most of the passengers were safely
evacuated but due to leakage of jet fuel it exploded and
caught fire.

A popular Russian pop music group, Na-Na, was among
the passengers on the ill-fated airliner.

Members of the group smelt the burnt odor first, a
Surgut internet-user wrote on one of the city`s local forums
several hours after the tragedy citing his friend who was
among the passengers of the aircraft, the report said.

A high-level probe panel has been set up to
investigate the accident.

PTI