Archive for Wednesday, July 4, 2001

Plane crash kills 143 in Siberia

July 4, 2001


— A Russian airliner crashed and burned Tuesday in a forested area near the Siberian city of Irkutsk, killing all aboard, the Civil Aviation Authority said, according to the ITAR-Tass news agency.

The report did not give a figure for the number of victims, but previous reports said the Tu-154 plane carried 133 passengers and 10 crew members.

The plane belonging to the Vladivostokavia airline disappeared from radar screens about 9:10 p.m. Moscow time Tuesday, while en route from Yekaterinburg in the Ural Mountains to Vladivostok, the major port on Russia's Pacific Coast.

The plane tried twice to land in Irkutsk, where it was to refuel, and crashed while making a third attempt to land, Russian television stations reported. There were no immediate details on the problem that prevented the plane from landing.

The wreckage was discovered near the village of Burdakovka, about 20 miles from Irkutsk, which is 2,600 miles east of Moscow. Andrei Radchenko, of the Irkutsk regional rescue authorities, said the plane was completely burned and there was no sign of survivors.

The passenger list was not immediately available, and there was no indication whether any foreign citizens were aboard.

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