UTair plane crashes in Siberia, at least 29 dead

By bne IntelliNews April 2, 2012

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A twin prop plane operated by the Siberian carrier UTair crashed shortly after take off on Monday morning, April 2, killing at least 29 of its passengers, with some children amongst the victims, media reported.

Another 12 people have been reported to have survived the crash. Rescuers are working at the crash site about 30 kilometres from the airport.

The twin prop ATR-72 took off from Roschino International Airport near Tyumen in Siberia with 39 passengers and four crew members on its way to the oil town of Surgut also in Siberia and has a maximum capacity of 74 passengers. Radio contact with the plane was lost shortly after take off, a spokesman for the Federal Air Transport Agency told the PRIME news agency.

The survivors are said to have sustained serious injuries and burns. At least five of those injured are in critical condition, according to reports. "The airplane crashed 30 km away from Tyumen," spokesperson of the Russian Ministry of Emergency Situations Irina Andrianova was quoted as saying by Itar-Tass.

Investigators have opened a criminal case into the crash of an aircraft bound from Tyumen to Surgut in the Urals, Investigative Committee spokesman Vladimir Markin said on Monday. "A criminal case has been opened. Preliminarily, there were 39 passengers and four crew on board," Markin said.

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