More than 30 people have been killed in a plane crash in Siberia, according to Russian officials. The aircraft, a twin-engine ATR-72 run by the company Utair, crashed on an internal flight with 43 people on board.
The flight got into trouble shortly after take-off from Tyumen on its way to Surgut, an oil town further north in Siberia. All four crew members are said to be among the dead.
It’s thought the plane was attempting an emergency landing. It caught fire after coming down. At least five of the injured are said to be in a critical condition.
The cause of the crash isn’t known.
Reports say the flight recorders have been recovered.
It’s the deadliest air disaster in Russia since a Yak-42 plane crashed near the city of Yaroslavl last September, killing 44 people and wiping out the Lokomotiv Yaroslavl ice hockey team.