Belarusian cargo plane crashes in eastern Russia, killing all seven people on board

While trying to land in Eastern Russia, a Belarusian cargo plane crashed, killing all seven people on board. Officials say the Soviet Union …

While trying to land in Eastern Russia, a Belarusian cargo plane crashed, killing all seven people on board.

Officials say the Soviet Union-built Antonov An-12 aircraft operated by Belarusian airline Grodno crashed and caught fire near Irkutsk.

The plane “disappeared from the radar” on Wednesday when it landed near the Siberian city, said the Russian Emergency Ministry in a statement in the telegram.

The plane returned from a cargo delivery in Chukotka, according to the Russian civil aviation authority Rosaviatsia. The aircraft, which can carry up to 21 tons of cargo, has been in service since 1968.

The Belarusian investigative committee said there were seven people on board, all of whom were killed in the crash. Among them were three Belarusians, two Russians and two Ukrainian nationals.

Many An-12 aircraft are in service in Russia and other former Soviet countries for many years after the aircraft was first designed in the 1950s.

But accidents with ailing aircraft in Russia’s remote Far East region are still not uncommon.

In July, an airliner with 22 passengers and six crew members on board crashed while landing in Kamchatka, leaving no survivors.

Two months later, another Antonov An-26 crashed near Khabarovsk, killing six people.

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