"Russia plane crash" "Siberia plane crash" Thirty-one people were killed on Monday when a passenger plane crashed moments after takeoff in an oil-rich Siberian region in the latest accident to hit Russia's crisis-prone aviation industry. The emergencies ministry said the French-Italian made ATR-72 liner was carrying 39 passengers and four crew when it crashed 45 kilometres (28 miles) from the western Siberian city of Tyumen on a flight to the oil town of Surgut. "Twelve people are in critical condition... Thirty-one have been killed," the Tyumen emergencies ministry said in an updated statement after initially putting the death toll at 32. The ATR-72 twin-engine plane was operated by UTair -- a private Russian airline that conducts most of its flights in the energy-rich regions of Western Siberia and the Ural Mountains. The airline said in a statement that the plane came down shortly after takeoff "while conducting a forced landing 1.5 kilometres (about one mile)" outside Roshchino airport.
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