Moscow: At least 11 people are feared killed
as a cargo plane carrying them crashed in a remote eastern
region of Russia.
The Antonov An-12 transport aircraft took off from
North-Eastern Siberian gold mining city of Magadan and was
bound for Keperveyem in remote Chukotka region.
According to media reports, the plane disappeared from
radar screens at 300 kilometres from Magadan after its pilot
reported a fuel leak and fire in one of its four engines.
Witnesses later said they had seen the plane fall to the
Rescue officials said the plane had most likely crashed
near the village of Omsukchan in the Magadan region.
A helicopter carrying rescuers is on its way to the
scene. The search operation is being hindered by thick fog.
Vesti FM said the rescuers presume that all people are
dead and they have made arrangements to evacuate 11 dead
bodies from the crash site with rugged terrain.