A Soviet-era An-24 jet with 43 passengers, traveling between Ulan-Ude and Nizhneangarsk, crashed and burst into flames during an emergency landing at an airport in Siberia, Thursday.
The plane slid off the runway for around a hundred meters and collided with a sewage treatment plant before catching fire. Firefighters battled the blaze. The plane's inspector pilot, Kolomin Vladimir Ilyich, and the flight mechanic, Bardanov Oleg Vladimirovich, were killed in the accident. "All 43 passengers were promptly evacuated. There are no casualties among the passengers," Angara Airlines said in a statement. However, many were injured. 19 were taken to a hospital. They miraculously survived. The pilot had 34 years' experience and over 15,000 hours of flying.
It is believed that the twin turboprop Antonov-24 plane suffered engine failure which resulted in an emergency landing. An investigation into the accident was launched Thursday. The Antonov An-24 is a 44-seat twin turboprop transport/passenger aircraft designed in 1957 in the Soviet Union and produced in various versions. It was designed to replace the veteran piston Ilyushin Il-14 transport. Due to its rugged airframe and good performance, the An-24 was adapted to perform many secondary missions such as ice reconnaissance and engine/propeller test-bed.