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
Russian Plane Crashes in Siberia, 16 Confirmed Dead
Russian police officers guard the site of the ATR-72 plane crash outside Tyumen.   (AP Photo/Russian Ministry of Emergency Situations press service)

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. (More Russia stories.)

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