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Plane crash kills at least 31 in Russia's Siberia

(Xinhua)

14:06, April 02, 2012

This TV grab shows the site of plane crash in Russia's Siberia region on April 2, 2012. At least 31 people were killed when a passenger plane crashed in Russia's Siberia region early Monday, emergency authorities said. (Xinhua)

MOSCOW, April 2 (Xinhua) -- At least 31 people were killed when a passenger plane crashed in Russia's Siberia region early Monday, emergency authorities said.

The aircraft, carrying 39 passengers and four crew members, went down shortly after it took off from the major Siberian city of Tyumen, about 2,100 km east of Moscow, toward Surgut, another Siberian city.

Following the tragedy, rescuers rushed to the scene and transferred the wounded survivors to hospitals, but some of the critically injured were later pronounced dead.

Air traffic controllers reported that the French-Italian-made, twin-engine ATR-72 aircraft, operated by UTair, disappeared from the radar and lost contact briefly after the takeoff.

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