MOSCOW, Russia (Mon, Apr 02) – Breaking News: At least 31 killed in a plane crash early Monday morning (at 9:00am Moscow time) in Russia's Tyumen region, in Siberia. Twelve people survived miraculously in the disaster but sustained serious injuries, according to the Russian Emergencies Ministry.
| Russian UTair ATR-72 Plane Crash in Siberia: At least 31 killed, 12 survivors sustained severe injuries|
According to details; A Utair ATR-72, with 43 on board including 4 crew members, has crashed shortly after taking off from Roschino Airport. The flight was bound for Surgut, Siberia. Connection with the plane was lost shortly after the flight was underway. The aircraft burst into flames and broke into pieces upon impact.
Emergency Situations Ministry spokesperson Irina Andrianova said the 12 survivors have been shifted to a hospital by helicopter. She said 16 bodies had been recovered so far, while search and rescue operation is underway with the help of about 200 rescuers and 43 specialized vehicles.
The ATR-72 is a French-Italian-made twin-engine turboprop medium-haul passenger plane. The airplane is designed for the medium-distance transport of up to 74 passengers, and is flown by two pilots.