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Trainer aircraft crashes outside Russia's Kaliningrad

March 26, 2014, 14:56 UTC+3

Aircraft belonges to a local flying club

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Yak-54 (archive)

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© ITAR-TASS/Alexei Mikheev

KALININGRAD, March 26. /ITAR-TASS/ A trainer aircraft Yak-54 crashed Wednesday outside the town of Kaliningrad, the Deputy Head of the press service of the Russia's Ministry of Internal Affairs in the region Vyacheslav Kotchoubey said.

Two people — the pilot and the passenger — were killed. The aircraft belonged to a local flying club.

The message about the plane's crash was reported to the police department at about 14:00 Moscow time (10:00 GMT). Law enforcement officers are working at the site of the incident. Causes of the accident are unknown as yet.

Yak-54 is a two-seated trainer aircraft developed by the A.S. Yakovlev Design Bureau in 1993 on the basis of pilot-centered Yak-55M. The aircraft was designed to train sporting pilots, to teach aerobatics and to participate in air sport competitions.

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