MOSCOW, April 2 (Itar-Tass) — The Russian Ministry for Emergency Situations sends two aircraft to Tyumen, where a passenger airplane crashed early on Monday morning, ministry’s spokeswoman Irina Andrianova told Itar-Tass.
“Two Il-76 planes of the Ministry for Emergency Situations are ready to take off. Rescuers with search-and-rescue equipment and psychologists are on board of them. The second airliner is equipped with special medical modules for airlifting injured people,” the spokeswoman said.
“The rescue operation continues at the site. The fire that broke out after the airliner plunged down has been practically put out,” she said.
An airplane ATR-72, which was carrying 41 people, including 39 passengers and two crewmembers, crashed outside Tyumen early on Monday, sources from the press service of the EMERCOM centre in the Urals region told Tass.
“The airplane crashed 30-35 kilometers away from Tyumen’s airport Roshchino,” the sources said.
“The next plane taking off from Tymen’s airport spotted destroyed parts of the airliner’s fuselage several kilometers away from the runway,” sources from Rosaviatsiya (Federal Air Transport Agency) told Tass. According to Tyumen region’s EMERCOM department, the plane crashed at 7:50 am local time (5:50 am, Moscow time). The airliner belonged to UTair carrier.
According to updated reports, the number of survivors in the air crash has reached 12 people, the death toll reached 16 people, Irina Andrianova said.
ATR-72 is a passenger twin-engine turboprop medium-haul airliner. The airplane is designed for the transportation of up to 74 passengers at medium distances and is steered by two pilots.