Donetsk, Ukraine (Wed, Feb 13) – At least five ill-fated football fans were reported killed Wednesday when a plane carrying supporters of European soccer league was caught fire after attempting a crash-landing near the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk.
|Horrible Crash Landing at Donetsk (Ukraine) Airport Left 5 dead, 12 injured|
Apart from the five people confirmed dead, 12 others had been injured, the officials said.
According to details; the Antonov AN-24, a twin-engined turboprop was on a charter flight from the Black Sea coastal city of Odessa to Donetsk. The aircraft is reported to have overshot the runway at Sergey Prokofiev International Airport.
About 45 people were on board, including the crew members, most of them soccer fans looking forward to attending a UEFA Champions League football match between the Ukrainian home team Shakhtar Donetsk and Germany's Borussia Dortmund.
The aircraft is reported to have overshot the runway at Donetsk's Sergey Prokofiev International Airport.
The airport was cloaked in thick fog at the time of the tragic incident but it’s just before time to blame the weather for this mishap.
The reports suggest that the crew evacuated the plane at least partially before it caught fire.
A local police source told the AFP news agency that the aircraft came to rest about 700m (2,300ft) from the runway.
"We collided with the ground, then the plane opened up like a tin can," one passenger told Kanal 5 TV.
"Thanks to the crack that formed in the fuselage, we were able to get out of the plane before it caught fire."
Source: BBC News
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