Nine killed in Siberia plane crash

All nine people on board Russian cargo plane killed when it crashed near city of Irkutsk.

    A fire broke out at the crash site, but was quickly extinguished [AFP]
    A fire broke out at the crash site, but was quickly extinguished [AFP]

    Nine people were killed when a Russian cargo plane crashed into a military warehouse on the outskirts of the Siberian city of Irkutsk, the Emergencies Ministry said.

    There were nine people on the plane on Thursday: six crew and three people accompanying the cargo.

    "They all died," the Emergencies Ministry said in a statement.

    No casualties were reported among ground staff following the crash. 

    The Antonov An-12 military transport plane was carrying aircraft parts from a factory in Novoskbirsk when it crash-landed at the Irkutsk-2 airport, according to Russian news reports.

    A fire broke out at the crash site, but was quickly extinguished, according to Andrei Shutov, a ministry spokesman.

    More than 100 rescue workers combed through the debris, AFP news agency reported.

    The cause of the accident was not immediately known.

    Russia has experienced a string of deadly airline crashes in recent years, most of them involving small regional airlines.

    SOURCE: Agencies


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