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Emergency at aircraft plant in Ulyanovsk injures six, kills one

It is noted that the plane’s fuselage was ruptured while being tested

MARCH, March 2. /TASS/. Six people were injured as a result of an accident during tests of the fuselage of an Ilyushin-76 plane at the Aviastar plant in Ulyanovsk.

"A tragic incident occurred at the Aviastar plant during the testing of the fuselage an aircraft in the process of production. Several employees of the enterprise were injured, one killed. Medical assistance is being provided to the injured. Emergency services are working at the scene. The causes of the incident are being established," the United Aircraft Corporation said. Later, medics said six were injured as a result of the incident.

The plane’s fuselage was ruptured while being tested, medical services said. At a certain production phase the fuselage of an Il-76MD-90A was tested with excessive pressure.

"A tragic incident occurred during these tests," the UAC’s press service said. An inquiry is in progress.

Aviastar is part of the UAC’s transport aviation division. It specializes in the production of Il-76MD-90A transport aircraft (the second generation of Il-76) and Il-78M-90A tanker planes on its basis and also maintenance of the An-124 Ruslan planes.