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Plane crash-lands in Siberian river

Published time: July 11, 2011 08:03
Edited time: July 12, 2011 10:57

Six people have been killed and one more is missing after a plane was forced to make an emergency landing on water in Eastern Siberia.

­Twenty survivors have been taken to hospital, and two of them are said to have suffered severe injuries, the Emergencies Ministry reports.

According to a source in the hospital cited by RIA Novosti, they “don’t expect the arrival of anymore victims”.

There were 37 people on board the Antonov An-24, which got into trouble after reporting a fire in one of its engines.

The plane made its landing on the Ob River and was partially destroyed on impact.

­Watch footage of the An-24’s crash landing, which was posted on YouTube by user FratriaUA

­A search operation is underway and some 20 rescuers have been taken to the crash site by helicopters and boats.

The heavily damaged An-24 is still afloat. It will be salvaged and towed away after the rescue operation is over.

The Antonov An-24 is a twin turboprop aircraft designed for short and medium range flights in the late 1950s. It has a crew of three to six people and up to 48 passenger seats. About a 1,000 such aircraft have been produced and some 300 are still operational worldwide.

After the crash President Medvedev suggested getting rid of the remaining An-24s operated in Russia.

“Everything I earlier said about the Tu-134 is equally right for the An-24,” he said.

­The president ordered that the process of replacing the old Tupolev Tu-134s be speeded up, after one crashed in the Republic of Karelia in late June killing 47 people onboard.

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