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Russian plane crash leaves 18 injured; First Aider dies on the spot



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Updated on September 1, 2008 12:27 EDT

MOSCOW – Russia's Transport Minister says a senior officer at Sochi airport died in an emergency response after a landing craft crashed into a riverbed from the end of the runway and caught fire

According to the Department of Health, 18 people were injured in the accident at 3am (0000 GMT) when UTair-Boeing 737 loaded with 1

64 passengers and six crew members landed from Moscow.

The airport said the fire had been extinguished within eight minutes.

Minister of Transport Yevgeny Dtirikh said that airport supervisor Vladimir Begiyan, who was one of the first responders to the accident, died of a heart attack at the scene of the accident. The cause of the accident was not established

The Russian Investigative Committee initiated a criminal investigation into the incident "on suspicion of inadequate services that pose a risk to the health of patients"

  A plume of smoke rises from a UTair Boeing flame 737 passenger plane made a rough landing and caught fire in Sochi

A plume of smoke rises from the flames after a passenger plane made a rough landing and caught fire on September 1, 2018 in Sochi, Russia.

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