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Cargo plane crashes killing all 11 people on board

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2009-11-01

A cargo plane has crashed in eastern Russia killing all 11 people on board. The plane, an IL-76, belonged to the interior ministry. Russia has one of the world's worst air safety records.

 

Reuters - A cargo aircraft crashed soon after taking off from the eastern Russian city of Mirny in Yakutia region, killing all 11 people on board, Russian prosecutors said on Sunday.
 
The plane, an IL-76 belonging to the interior ministry, crashed about 1 km from Mirny at the start of a flight to Irkutsk, the investigative committee of the Prosecutor General's Office said in a statement.
 
Russia has one of the world's worst air safety records, with elderly Soviet-era planes, dated airport facilities, poor plane maintenance and lax standards contributing to a grim crash toll.
 
Last year, all 88 passengers and crew aboard an Aeroflot Boeing aircraft died when the plane crashed in a ball of fire near the Ural mountains. In 2006, 170 people were killed when a TU-154 plane crashed in Ukraine on a flight to St Petersburg.
 
An interior ministry press service official told the Russian television channel Vesti the plane rolled to the right immediately after take-off.
 
"The plane flew no more than 2 km at an altitude of 20-30 metres before crashing near an old mine," he said.

 

Date created : 2009-11-01

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