12 Survive Siberia Plane Crash

Turboprop plane goes down shortly after takeoff, killing 31

By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser Staff

Posted Apr 2, 2012 12:25 AM CDT | Updated Apr 2, 2012 2:00 AM CDT

(Newser) – At least 31 people were killed when a Russian plane carrying 43 passengers and crew members crashed in Siberia this morning. The ATR-72 turboprop plane owned by UTair had just left Tyumen on a flight north to the oil town of Surget when it went down. The cause is unknown. Twelve people were airlifted to hospitals, and at least five of them were critically injured, reports the BBC. Russia has experienced an extraordinary number of air accidents. Last year the nation witnessed a 53% increase in crashes and a fourfold boost in deaths in civilian planes alone. Fifteen planes crashed, killing 120 people in 2011.

Russian police officers guard the site of the ATR-72 plane crash outside Tyumen.
Russian police officers guard the site of the ATR-72 plane crash outside Tyumen.   (AP Photo/Russian Ministry of Emergency Situations press service)
Russian emergency workers search the crash site of the ATR-72 plane crash.
Russian emergency workers search the crash site of the ATR-72 plane crash.   (AP Photo/Russian Ministry of Emergency Situations press service)
Passengers' relatives react to news of the plane crash just outside Tyumen.
Passengers' relatives react to news of the plane crash just outside Tyumen.   (NEWSofNOW)
Russian Emergency Ministry rescuers search the site of a mangled ATR-72 turboprop plane after it crashed outside of Tyumen in Siberia.
Russian Emergency Ministry rescuers search the site of a mangled ATR-72 turboprop plane after it crashed outside of Tyumen in Siberia.   (AP Photo/Marat Gubaydullin)
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