27 Jun 2019 17:20

Number of people hospitalized after An-24 rough landing in Buryatia rises to 9

ULAN-UDE. June 27 (Interfax) - Another five people were hospitalized following the rough landing of an Antonov An-24 plane at the Nizhneangarsk airport in Buryatia, press secretary for the head of the republic Alexei Fishev said on a social networking site.

The total number of people hospitalized has now reached nine.

"Another five people have been hospitalized. The diagnoses are: poisoning with combustion products, numerous bruises, and high stress. Nine people are now in hospital," Fishev said.

Among the passengers were four children. The injured children are in the republic's children's clinical hospital in Ulan-Ude. A 13-year-old girl and a 17-year-old boy are currently being treated in the Nizhneangarsk central district hospital.

The An-24 plane owned by the airline Angara, which was carrying 43 passengers, rolled off the runway, crashed into a technical building and burned up in Nizhneangarsk on Thursday morning. Two people, the plane's captain (inspector pilot) Vladimir Kolomin and on-board mechanic Oleg Bardanov, were killed. All passengers were evacuated. Thirty-three people sustained various injuries. Initially, four of them were hospitalized, including two children.

A criminal case was opened based on the article of the Criminal Code dealing with "violations of the flight safety regulations and regulations governing aircraft operation leading to the death of two or more people."

According to the website russianplanes.net, the plane was used as an aviation laboratory in 1977-1991. Its flight worthiness certificate was due to expire on July 28, 2019.