Four killed as plane crash-lands in Ukraine

February 14, 2013 - 2:42:14 am

KIEV: At least four people were killed when a plane carrying 45 passengers and crew crash-landed in fog in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk late yesterday, officials said.

The plane overshot the runway at Donetsk airport as it attempted to execute an emergency landing and broke up, the emergencies ministry, quoted by Interfax news agency, said 

The twin-engined Antonov 24 turboprop had flown to Donetsk, which was shrouded in thick fog, from the Black Sea coastal city of Odessa.

Andriy Shyshatsky, head of Donetsk’s regional administration, said four people were confirmed dead, while the fate of two others was not yet clear.

“The large majority of passengers have been saved. At the moment, there are four dead. One person is visible in the wreckage, but we don’t yet know whether he is alive or not. We are searching for one other person,” Shyshatsky told journalists. 

The crash took place hours before a Champions League soccer match in Donetsk between Shakhtar Donetsk and German side Borussia Dortmund. 

Reuters

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