Plane crash-lands in Siberian river
Twenty survivors have been taken to hospital, and two of them are said to have suffered severe injuries, the Emergencies Ministry reports.
According to a source in the hospital cited by RIA Novosti, they “don’t expect the arrival of anymore victims”.
There were 37 people on board the Antonov An-24, which got into trouble after reporting a fire in one of its engines.
The plane made its landing on the Ob River and was partially destroyed on impact.
Watch footage of the An-24’s crash landing, which was posted on YouTube by user FratriaUA
A search operation is underway and some 20 rescuers have been taken to the crash site by helicopters and boats.
The heavily damaged An-24 is still afloat. It will be salvaged and towed away after the rescue operation is over.
The Antonov An-24 is a twin turboprop aircraft designed for short and medium range flights in the late 1950s. It has a crew of three to six people and up to 48 passenger seats. About a 1,000 such aircraft have been produced and some 300 are still operational worldwide.
After the crash President Medvedev suggested getting rid of the remaining An-24s operated in Russia.
“Everything I earlier said about the Tu-134 is equally right for the An-24,” he said.
The president ordered that the process of replacing the old Tupolev Tu-134s be speeded up, after one crashed in the Republic of Karelia in late June killing 47 people onboard.