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One serviceman killed after An-26 plane makes hard landing in western Russia

May 30, 9:15 UTC+3

Another five people were wounded

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MOSCOW, May 30. /TASS/. One serviceman was killed and five others were wounded on Tuesday during a hard landing of the Antonov An-26 twin-engine turboprop aircraft at an airfield in the Saratov Region, western Russia, the Defense Ministry said.

"One serviceman was killed and five crew members were quickly taken to a medical facility by a helicopter of a search and rescue service," the ministry said in a statement.

The incident occurred during a training flight at 5.40 a.m. on Tuesday (02:40 GMT). The aircraft was making an attempt to land at the Balashov airfield but deviated from the planned angle and caught fire. There were six crew members onboard the plane.

According to preliminary data, the crash landing may have been caused by the failure of one of engines, the ministry said. A special commission of the Defense Ministry is heading to the scene.

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