Russian plane crashes with 43 aboard, 12 survive
Moscow, April 2, 2012
A Russian passenger plane with 43 people on board crashed in Siberia on Monday, killing at least 16 people while 12 survivors were rescued, an emergency official said.
The ATR 72, a twin-engine, turbo-prop plane, crashed some 30-35 km (18-22 miles) from the western Siberian city of Tyumen, Emergency Situations Ministry spokeswoman Irina Andrianova said.
She told Reuters that 12 people were rescued and 16 bodies had been found at the crash site. According to preliminary information, there were 39 passengers and four members of the crew on board.
At least five survivors were in critical condition, state-run RIA news agency reported, citing hospital officials in Tyumen.
The mid-range plane belonging to Russian airline UTair crashed after taking off from Tyumen on a flight to Surgut, an oil town further north in Siberia, Russian media reported. – Reuters