An-12 cargo plane’s crew killed in crash in Eastern Siberia

Baku, November 4, AZERTAC

All the crewmembers of an Antonov An-12 turboprop cargo plane that crashed near Irkutsk in Eastern Siberia died in the accident, Irkutsk Region Governor Igor Kobzev told reporters on Wednesday, according to TASS.

"All of them have died. Fragments of their bodies have been found. According to some data, from five to seven people [have lost their lives]," the governor said.

There were Belarusian, Ukrainian and Russian nationals aboard the plane, he specified.

As Russia’s Emergencies Ministry reported earlier on Wednesday, at 14:45 Moscow time, an An-12 cargo plane disappeared from radars while making an approach for landing 7 km from Irkutsk in the area of the settlement of Pivovarikha. The plane went ablaze when hitting the ground. Firefighters put out the fire at 15:51 Moscow time. A TASS source reported earlier on Wednesday that five people died in the plane’s crash.

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