twin-engine airplan type ATR-72 crashed this morning shortly after takeoff in Siberia with 43 people aboard, killing at least 31 people dead and 12 seriously injured, according to the Russian Ministry of Emergency Situations. "According to the most current data, 31 people were killed and 12 others are in serious condition," he said.
The aircraft, Utair local company, crashed shortly after taking off from Tyumen to 7.44m, local time, heading to Surgut, Western Siberia two cities, according to official notice of the ministry. There were 39 passengers aboard and a crew of four. Rescue teams found the cockpit separated from the rest of the plane and burning wreckage.
The survivors, among whom were children, were evacuated by helicopter to the main hospital in Tyumen, about 1700 km east of Moscow. The aircraft had disappeared from the radar a few minutes after takeoff, said a ministry statement.
A security official at the airport told Interfax that the plane had reached a height of about 100 meters before losing contact with flight controllers. "Probably there were technical problems in the set as during takeoff and the crew tried to make an emergency landing," said this official.
Meanwhile, the company Utair said the plane crashed shortly after takeoff "when trying to make an emergency landing about a mile and a half" Roshchino airport.
Meanwhile, a special commission was formed to address the circumstances of the disaster with the ATR-72, a twin-engine propeller with a capacity of 74 places, French-Italian production. The airplane's black boxes were found, said an official of the Ministry of Emergency Situations of the Russian television network 24, which showed footage of the wreckage of the aircraft through a snowy field. The researchers examined three hypotheses: technical problems, pilot error or error floor staff.
Russia has experienced in recent years a series of fateful events in aviation safety. The last serious accident occurred last September, when a Yak-42 crashed shortly after takeoff from Yaroslavl, about 300 kilometers northwest of Moscow, leaving 44 dead. That plane was carrying members of the stellar team of local ice hockey, which included some foreigners of world renown.
In June 2011, was a Tupolev which crashed in the region of Karelia, northwestern Russia, while trying to land in difficult weather conditions. The accident killed 47 people. Meanwhile, in September 2010, another Tupolev aircraft with 81 people aboard suffered widespread failures in flight, but the crew managed to make an emergency landing on a runway impossible abandoned in the Russian north ..