2 pilots killed, 7 people injured in airplane emergency landing in Russia

Thu 27 Jun 2019 05:19 GMT | 09:19 Local Time

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Two people have been killed and seven injured in an emergency landing of an An-24 airplane in the city of Nizhneangarsk, Buryatia, Russia, Sputnik reports.

"The head of Buryatia is monitoring the situation involving the aviation accident in the Nizhneangarsk airport. A passenger plane conducted an emergency landing there. As a result of it, two pilots died. The passengers are alive. Forty-two adults and one minor child have been rescued. Seven people have been wounded," Alexey Fishev, the press secretary of the regional head, told reporters.

The press secretary said the aircraft took off from the Nizhneangarsk to Ulan-Ude in the early hours of Thursday, soon after which one of its engines failed. The crew decided to return to the airport.

"According to the preliminary information, during the landing, the plane went 100 meters [328 feet] beyond the runway and collided with a purification facility. The plane took fire," Fishev pointed out, adding that firefighters were working on the site.

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