31 dead in Siberian passenger plane crash
At least 31 people have been killed after a passenger plane crashed shortly after takeoff in Siberia.
39 passengers and four crew members were onboard the UTair owned ATR 72 when it crashed in a snow-covered field 28 miles outside Tyumen, a major regional centre in Siberia.
According to the state-owned news network Russia Today, seven of the 12 survivors have been successfully operated on and are in a stable condition. Five remain in a critical state.
There was initial confusion over the death toll, with early reports saying 32 people had died. The Emergency Situations Ministry's regional branch in Tyumen later said that a 12th survivor was in a village hospital and revised the death toll down to 31. All of the passengers were thought to be Russian.
The plane, a French and Italian built twin-engine turbo prop, was making a 30km journey from Tyumen to the oil town of Surgut.
The cause of the crash has not been announced, but UTair said the plane went down as pilots tried to carry out an emergency landing.
Early inspections suggest a mix of technical difficulties and pilot error could have been behind the crash, with investigators ruling out the possibility of a terrorist attack.
Eyewitnesses report smoke coming from the engines just before the crash and it is thought the plane burst into flames and split into three pieces upon impact.
Russia has seen a string of deadly plane crashes in recent years. Some have been blamed on the use of ageing Soviet-era aircraft, but industry experts say the fault also lies with poor crew training, crumbling airports, lax government controls and inadequate safety measures.
- 2 Moscow voted the world's unfriendliest city
- 3 The excuses your boss is most likely to believe when you call in sick
- 4 I'm pansexual – here are the five biggest misconceptions about my sexuality
- 5 More than 11,000 Icelanders offer to house Syrian refugees to help European crisis
The excuses your boss is most likely to believe when you call in sick
Bono's group has made more money from Facebook investment than from all his music
Three-year-old ultra-Orthodox Jewish children told 'the non-Jews' are 'evil' in worksheet produced by London school
Wikipedia rocked by 'rogue editors' blackmail scam targeting small businesses and celebrities
More than 11,000 Icelanders offer to house Syrian refugees to help European crisis
Climate change: 2015 will be the hottest year on record 'by a mile', experts say
Jeremy Corbyn calls Osama bin Laden's killing a 'tragedy' - but was it taken out of context?
If these extraordinarily powerful images of a dead Syrian child washed up on a beach don’t change Europe’s attitude to refugees, what will?
If you're not already angry about the refugee crisis, here's a history lesson to remind you why you really should be
Theresa May says migrants should be banned from entering the UK unless they have jobs lined up
Tony Blair attacks Jeremy Corbyn's 'Alice In Wonderland' politics
£40000 - £42000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is an exciting opportunity...
£35000 - £40000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This IT support company has a n...
Negotiable: Recruitment Genius: A works engineer is required in a progressive ...
£21000 - £25000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Our client is seeking someone w...