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Russian plane crash: Utair Jet catches fire after landing in Sochi



  Aircraft on fire at Sochi airport

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The aircraft's left engine caught fire after the aircraft left the runway

A passenger plane slipped off the runway and caught fire when it landed in the Russian city of Sochi and injured 1

8 people, it said.

Flight UT579, a Boeing 737-800 owned by the airline Utair, transported 164 passengers and six crew members from Moscow

The video shows violent flames from the plane as it crashed through the airport fence and fell into a riverbed

Some of the injured suffered burns and others carbon monoxide poisoning, officials said [19659007] A spokesman for Sochi airport said an airport employee had a fatal heart attack during the rescue operation.

The jet tried to land on Saturday in strong wind and heavy rain, Russian media reported.

Russia's NTV channel carried pictures and video of the incident.

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A UTair Boeing 737-500 landing in Riga, Latvia. file image

The aircraft's landing gear and wing were damaged when it left the runway and a left-hand motor burned down.

Three of the injured are children.

The fire is now extinguished.

Russia's Investigative Committee has opened a criminal investigation into the incident "on suspicion of inadequate services at risk to the health of customers".

Last month, a Utair helicopter crashed in northwestern Siberia, killing 18 people.

The death The crash of a Russian passenger plane at Moscow's Domodedovo Airport in February again raised concerns over national air safety.

It was the country's third plane crash since 2015.


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