11 die as cargo plane crashes in Russia

August 9th, 2011 - 7:07 pm ICT by IANS  

Vladivostok (Russia), Aug 9 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Eleven people, including nine crewmembers, on board a cargo plane were killed Tuesday when their aircraft crashed in Russia’s Far East, officials said.

The plane was carrying 16 metric tonnes of food and went off the radar at 07.34 a.m., while on way from Magadan to Chukotka shortly after reporting a fuel leak and fire in an engine.

The wreckage of the plane was discovered near a gold and silver mine in the Omsukcha district of the Magadan region.

The search was hindered by the thick fog.

–IANS/RIA Novosti

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