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Airbus to help Russia investigate Siberia air crash

11:09 | 09/ 07/ 2006

PARIS, July 9 (RIA Novosti) - European aircraft-maker Airbus will help Russia investigate an air crash in Siberia Sunday that claimed more than 100 lives. In accordance with international practice, a group of Airbus experts will soon fly into Irkutsk, where an Airbus A-310 crashed in the early hours of July 9, to provide technical assistance to the investigation, the Airbus press office said. Russian emergency services said that 120 people had been killed after the airliner veered off the runway on landing and burst into flames after hitting a concrete wall. Irkutsk, 5,000 kilometers (3,100 miles) east of Moscow, is the main airport for holidaymakers heading for Lake Baikal, a popular destination for Russians in the summer.

Pilot in Siberian air crash said landed before runway overshoot

10:50 | 09/ 07/ 2006

MOSCOW, July 9 (RIA Novosti)-The pilot in an air crash that claimed more than 100 lives Sunday told air traffic controllers that he had landed and then contact with him was lost, Russia's transportation minister said.
"The plane landed and the crew told the controller that the landing was over," Igor Levitin told the Vesti news channel.
The Airbus A-310 then veered off the runway at Irkutsk airport and hit a concrete wall before bursting into flames. Emergency services said that 120 people had been killed and 53 passengers who were rescued from the retail section were being treated in the hospital. Prosecutors said they were considering a technical fault as one of the main versions in the crash.
Irkutsk, 5,000 kilometers (3,100 miles) east of Moscow, is the main airport for holidaymakers heading for Lake Baikal, a popular destination for Russians in the summer. Levitin, who has been appointed the head of a government commission into the tragedy, said the runway was wet after rain, but an official from the Emergency Situations Ministry said the landing gear may have caught fire as the plane landed. On May 3, an Armenian A-320 crashed in the Black Sea killing all 113 people on board. In 1997, a Russian-made airliner crashed near Irkutsk with the loss of all 145 passengers and crew.

Prosecutors look at technical fault in Siberia air crash

10:35 | 09/ 07/ 2006

MOSCOW, July 9 (RIA Novosti)-Russian prosecutors said Sunday they were focusing on the possibility that a technical fault may have caused an air crash earlier in the day in Siberia that left more than 100 people dead.
"[Various] versions of the Airbus crash are being considered, but one of the main ones is a technical fault with the plane," the Prosecutor General's Office said. Rescuers said 102 people had been killed and 54 injured after the Airbus A-310 overshot the runway in Irkutsk and hit a wall. It then burst into flames.
Sibir Airlines, which owned the plane, said there were 192 passengers on board and eight crewmembers. Fifty-four people are being treated in the hospital.
Irkutsk, 5,000 kilometers (3,100 miles) east of Moscow, is the main airport for holidaymakers heading for Lake Baikal, a popular destination for Russians in the summer. Transportation Minister Igor Levitin, who has been appointed the head of a government commission into the tragedy, said the runway was wet after rain, but an official from the Emergency Situations Ministry said the landing gear may have caught fire as the plane landed.
On May 3, an Armenian A-320 crashed in the Black Sea killing all 113 people on board. In 1997, a Russian-made airliner crashed near Irkutsk with the loss of all 145 passengers and crew.

Airline in Siberian crash says plane overshot runway

09:18 | 09/ 07/ 2006

MOSCOW, July 9 (RIA Novosti)-Russian airline Sibir said Sunday that one of its planes had crashed on landing in Siberia.
Emergency services have said 102 people died and another 55 were injured in the tragedy in the city of Irkutsk, which is 5,000km (3,100 miles) east of Moscow. "Sibir Airlines regrettably confirms that a company plane, flight no.788 from Moscow to Irkutsk on the night of July 8-9, overshot the runway at 7:44 a.m. (local time, 10:44 p.m. Saturday GMT) and hit an obstacle near the airport after which a fire broke out," the company said in a statement.
"Although the details of what happened are not yet known, we can confirm that there were 200 people (192 passengers and eight crewmembers) on board." The plane is believed to have hit the airport's concrete fence and then burst into flames.
A representative of a local hospital said six people were in a serious condition and overall 53 people had been taken into for treatment, including six children. Most of the survivors were in the tail section when the accident happened. The flight recorders have been recovered and will be sent to Moscow for analysis. On May 3 an Armenian Airbus crashed into the Black Sea with the loss of all 113 passengers and crew.

65 dead in Siberian Airbus, higher death toll feared-1

08:58 | 09/ 07/ 2006

MOSCOW, July 9 (RIA Novosti)-At least 65 people have died and 55 have been in injured after an Airbus crashed in the Siberian city of Irkutsk, the Emergency Situations Ministry said Sunday.
The tragedy occurred when the A-310, which was carrying 192 passengers and eight crew, was coming into land on a regular flight from Moscow, when it overshot the runway and hit something before bursting into flames.
Prosecutors in the city, which is 5,000km (3,100 miles) east of Moscow and services the popular tourist destination of Lake Baikal, have suggested 150 people died, but rescuers said the figure was so far much lower.
"According to the information of the Emergency Situations Ministry, 65 people were killed in the A-310 disaster and 55 people have been taken to Irkutsk hospital," a spokesman said. "Rescue work in continuing at the scene."
The accident occurred at 7.44 a.m. local time (10.44 p.m. Saturday GMT). Russian Transportation Minister Igor Levitin is set to fly out to the scene later today. On May 3 an Armenian Airbus crashed into the Black Sea with the loss of all 113 passengers and crew.

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