Russian Plane Crash Kills 11

by nph | August 10th, 2011

Plane crash kills 11 in Russia's Far East

Plane crash kills 11 in Russia's Far East

August 10, 2011

A cargo plane crashed in the remote Magadan region of Russia’s Far East on Tuesday, August 9, killing all 11 people aboard.

“Search teams found no survivors,” spokesman of Russia’s aviation agency Rosaviatsia Sergei Izvolsky told AFP. “There is great damage to the plane, its remains are strewn over a two kilometre radius.”

The plane’s debris was discovered 50 miles from the nearest town – Omsukchan – about 24 hours after it went off radar on Tuesday, reports the Daily Nation.

Pilots had requested an emergency landing, reporting that the plane was leaking oil and that one of its turboprop engines was on fire.

The plane – a 1963 Antonov-12 – was a Soviet-era aircraft. In the wake of the crash, all other An-12 models have been grounded until “carriers take priority measures to lower the risk of using An-12 type planes.” The plane that crashed was the oldest An-12 registered in Russia.

The reason for the crash remains under investigation, though the Investigative Committee said in a statement that it believes that “technical malfunction of the plane” or “pilot errors” were at fault.

The plane was reportedly carrying 16 tons of food to a remote village.

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Photo courtesy of The Voice of Russia