Russian An-12 aircraft crashed near Irkutsk, at least five dead
16:55, 03 November 2021
Photo: Павел Лисицын/РИА Новости
The plane carrying eight people has earlier disappeared from radars.
The Russian Emergency Ministry announced on Wednesday that an An-12 cargo aircraft crashed around 3 p.m. local time near the city of Irkutsk situated some 4,200 km (2,600 miles) east of Moscow.
At least five people have been killed in the incident, while the location of three others remains unknown.
The Federal Air Transport Agency of Russia made a post on Twitter in which it unveiled that the plane belonged to the Belarusian air company “Grodno”. It added that the aircraft was heading towards Irkutsk from Yakutsk, a city in Eastern Siberia some 1,900 km (1,200 miles) to the northeast.
Emergency services have detected the spot of the crash from a helicopter and deployed rescuers to the scene. They reported that the plane was caught on fire but they managed to find the bodies of five people.
According to a preliminary investigation, the cause of the crash was either a technical failure or poor weather conditions in the region.
On October 10 a light engine aircraft L-410 with 23 people aboard crashed near the Russian city of Kazan.