Cargo plane crash kills 7 in Irkutsk, Siberia

A cargo plane of the Belarusian airline Grodno crashed near the Russian province of Irkutsk, Siberia. After the accident, the aircraft caught fire and as a result of spilling in the area, the flames spread over 300 square meters.

The accident that occurred this Wednesday, November 3, resulted in seven dead people. Irkutsk Governor Igor Kobzev told the press that there were no survivors. Citizens of Russia, Belarus and Ukraine were traveling on the aircraft.

The Russian emergency ministry reported in a press release that the Antonov An-12 “disappeared from radars” when it landed near the city of Irkutsk. “The crew told air traffic controllers that they would have to go around a second time“reported the Tass agency.

Until now reported, the reason for the accident is unknown, although there are several lines of investigation in this regard, including human error and technical problems. The aircraft was back after delivering food on the Chukotka Peninsula.

Irkutsk Airport spokesman Klim Kulikov said the plane was trying to land in the middle of heavy snow and with poor visibility.

At least they are 100 members of the emergency services are working on the scene, Four ambulances and four other vehicles with emergency supplies traveled to the site.

A criminal process was also started for the suspicion that traffic and safety regulations were violated. Air accidents, which often involve military aircraft, are frequent in Russia and are usually caused by equipment malfunction or human error, according to the AFP news agency.

With information from Europa Press and AFP.


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