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At least one dead, three missing in plane explosion in Siberia (Update 3)

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At least one person has died and another three are missing after an ensuing explosion and fire of a Russian Tu-154M passenger jet that made an emergency landing in the Siberian city of Surgut due to an engine flaming out on takeoff, a source in Russia's Federal Air Transport Agency, Rosaviatsiya, reported on Saturday.

At least one person has died and another three are missing after an ensuing explosion and fire of a Russian Tu-154M passenger jet that made an emergency landing in the Siberian city of Surgut due to an engine flaming out on takeoff, a source in Russia's Federal Air Transport Agency, Rosaviatsiya, reported on Saturday.

"According to preliminary information, one person died and several others were injured in the ensuing fire on board the Tu-154M aircraft from Kogalymavia Airlines at the Surgut Airport," the source said.

Earlier it was reported that a Tu-134 passenger jet with 130 on board exploded after the emergency landing and that it belonged to Kolavia Airlines.

Rosaviatsia spokesman Sergei Izvolsky said there were 116 passengers and eight crew members on board the plane which was to land at Moscow's Domodedovo Airport.

Russian Investigative Committee spokesman Vladimir Markin said that four passengers had been hospitalized after the passengers were evacuated from the plane.

"Four people have been hospitalized due to toxic poisoning from the fire," Markin said.

A police source reiterated that one person had died in the accident and that another 10 had been injured, all of whom have been hospitalized.

A criminal case has been launched in connection with the airplane accident.

 

MOSCOW, January 1 (RIA Novosti)