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UTair ATR 72 Catastrophe in Siberia

A UTair ATR 72 aircraft with 43 people on board crashed in Russia’s Siberia region early morning on Monday April 2.

According to reports in Russia, the incident happened shortly after the aircraft took off from Roschino International Airport near Tyumen. At this time experts are investigating few possible versions of the crash.

News portal Lenta.ru informs that there are 31 dead bodies are found, with 12 people hospitalised in serious condition.

The Interstate Aviation Committee (MAK) says the aircraft was registered VP-BYZ and was transporting 39 passengers and four crew members.

It says that the aircraft performed an “emergency landing” about 1.5km (1nm) from the airport. MAK says the event occurred at 05:33 Moscow time.

MAK has opened an investigation into the accident, while its identification of the aircraft’s registration gives the type as an ATR 72-200 manufactured in 1993.