2 killed after An-24 skids off runway & crashes into building in Eastern Siberia

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2 killed after An-24 skids off runway & crashes into building in Eastern Siberia
27 June 2019

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At least two people have died and over half a dozen are injured in Eastern Siberia following a crash landing of an Antonov An-24 twin turboprop airplane operated by Angara airlines.

The tragedy in Nizhneangarsk occurred after the plane skidded off the runway while attempting to make an emergency landing. Videos from the scene recorded by witnesses showed large plumes of smoke ascending into the air.


At least two crew members died in the crash, according to preliminary information, while at least seven other people were hospitalized. Another 43 people were rescued from the plane, which was headed to Ulan Ud


"One of the engines failed when the plane took off. The crew took the decision to return to the airport," a spokesman for the Russian republic of Buryatia, Aleksey Fishev, told Tass. "During landing the plane skidded 100 meters off the runway and collided with the sewage treatment plant, causing the aircraft to catch fire."

The crew helped save the passengers from the inferno and sacrificed their lives, an emergency services source told Interfax.

The captain did not leave the plane until the last moment. It was impossible to save him.
The injured are now being treated for "moderate" injuries, the source added, noting that besides the captain, the mechanic onboard the flight died as well.

 

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Deadly crash-landing of passenger plane in Russia caught in knuckle-clenching VIDEO
27 Jun, 2019

Footage purportedly showing the emergency landing of an An-24 plane in Siberia shot from inside the doomed aircraft has been published online. Two crew members died in the tragic incident.

The video was uploaded on Thursday on Russian social media and was reportedly filmed by a passenger of the plane, which skidded off the runway and caught fire after ramming into a service building. It shows the entire emergency landing complete with the moment of impact.
Пассажир самолета Ан-24, который сгорел в Нижнеангарске, снял жесткую посадку на видео pic.twitter.com/NwsvTCoCq4
— Лента.ру (@lentaruofficial) June 27, 2019
The passenger plane had to make its landing in Nizhneangarsk in Buryatia after one of its engines reportedly failed mid-flight.

The flight captain and a flight mechanic were killed in the incident, while 42 people were successfully rescued from the burning aircraft before the fire spread. Four survivors were taken to the hospital with serious injuries. Another 29 required medical attention, health officials said.

 

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