The second deadly Russian aircrash in five years has stunned the Siberian city of Irkutsk. In 2001 technical problems downed a Tupolev, but Russia’s transport minister says this time the cause seems obvious: “The plane came off a wet runway in the rain, so we’re checking two things; if the landing was correct, and if everything was working normally”, he said.
It seems the number of casualties will be high, and those who survived may also face a long period in hospital recovering one doctor noted. “The plane crashed into a line of garages where there was stored petrol. The plane was also carrying fuel, so the result was an inferno, and many serious burns,” he said
In May another airbus, an A320 crashed into the black sea near Sochi while trying to land in poor weather, killing 113 passengers and crew.