Dagestan airliner makes emergency landing, 2 dead

Two people died and dozens were injured when a Russian airliner ran off the runway.

Dagestan airliner makes emergency landing, 2 dead

Two people died and dozens were injured on Saturday when a Russian airliner ran off the runway during an emergency landing at Moscow's Domodedovo airport, a Russian aviation official said.

The Tupolev-154 plane, operated by Dagestan Airlines, took off from Vnukovo airport, also outside Moscow, and made an emergency landing nearly 30 minutes later after all three engines failed.

"Two people were killed," said Sergei Izvolvsky, an official at Russia's state-owned aviation agency. Russian news agencies said the two dead were passengers.

"The planes' three engines stopped working nearly 80 km (50 miles) away from Domodedovo and the navigation system failed. The reason why is not yet known," Izvolvsky said.

At least 87 passengers were hospitalised at various clinics near the airport, said Timur Sikmatov, a spokesman at the transport ministry.

The plane was carrying 163 passengers and nine crew, said Izvolvsky at the Russian aviation agency.

Pictures showed the aircraft broken into three pieces, having slid off the runway and through trees. Passengers were seen emerging from the plane, which was surrounded by firefighters and medics.

The airliner was heading for Makhachkala, capital of the Russian province of Dagestan. It was a Tu-154 plane, the same type as one that crashed in April and killed Polish President Lech Kaczynski and some 90 others.

Ageing infrastructure has taken its toll on Russian aviation. A plane crash in Siberia in August killed 11.

Russia's top criminal investigation agency said it was starting an investigation into the latest accident for violations of transport safety rules, state-run news agency RIA reported.

Agencies reported that the plane's electricity was cut when it landed causing the brakes to malfunction.


Reuters

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