Tyumen Air Crash Claims 29 Lives - Emergencies Ministry
The death count in Monday's air crash near the Urals city of Tyumen has risen to 29, an Emergencies Ministry spokesman said, RIA Novosti reported.
"Twenty-nine bodies and 14 injured people have been evacuated from the plane crash site near Tyumen," the spokesman said.
All those injured have been hospitalized, he said.
An ATR-72 plane bound from Tyumen to Surgut fell on takeoff on Monday at 5:50 a.m. Moscow Time. There were 39 passengers and four crew on board.
Rescuers have discovered both flight recorders on the site, a spokesman for the rescue operation headquarters said.
At least five of those injured are in critical condition, doctors at City Hospital No. 2 said.
A rescue operation headquarters spokesman said the aircraft fell some two kilometers (1.2 miles) from the Gorkovka village near Roshchnino Airport.
A criminal case has been opened, Investigative Committee spokesman Vladimir Markin said.
Connection with the ATR-72 aircraft was lost almost immediately upon takeoff, a spokesman for the Federal Air Transport Agency told the PRIME news agency.
The reason for the crash has not been identified yet.
A deputy prosecutor in Tyumen, Valentin Tarasov, said one person who was to have flown on board the aircraft failed to appear for the flight, which may have saved his life.