5 dead as Russian plane falls in Siberian river

Last Updated: Monday, July 11, 2011 - 16:06

Moscow: At least five people were killed
and several others injured when a Russian Antonov An-24 regional airliner with 36 passengers on board ditched in the
western Siberian Ob river Monday after its engine caught fire,
reports said.

The Angara airline aircraft made a forced landing on the
river about 14 kilometres from the town of Strezhevoy in the
Tomsk region around 7 am local time, after its crew reported a
fire in the port engine and made a decision to carry out an emergency landing, RIA Novosti reported.

The police helped evacuate people from the aircraft
after it ditched.

The plane was en route from Tomsk to the city of Surgut
in the neighbouring oil-rich Tyumen region.


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First Published: Monday, July 11, 2011 - 16:06

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