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
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"
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