Russian plane crash kills three
Three people were killed yesterday and dozens injured when an aircraft burst into flames before take-off on a runway at an airport in Russia's Far North, officials said.
The Tupolev plane with 116 passengers and eight crew on board had been due to fly from the city of Surgut in the Far North of Russia's Urals region to Moscow.
Reports said the plane completely burned in the accident, the latest deadly incident to hit the Russian aviation industry.
The region's emergencies ministry said three people had been killed, the ITAR-TASS news agency reported. The Interfax news agency quoted local prosecutors as saying that a child was among the three dead.
A spokesman for the emergencies ministry told ITAR-TASS that at least 46 people had also been injured.
The plane had started burning while taxiing on the runway at Surgut ahead of take-off, the investigative committee of prosecutors said in a statement.