15 Nov 2017 12:39

Witnesses said aircraft lost control before crash - Khabarovsk Territory governor

MOSCOW. Nov 15 (Interfax) - People who witnessed the crash of the passenger plane in the Khabarovsk Territory saw the aircraft lose control while landing, the regional governor, Vyacheslav Shport, said.

"There are visual reports [from the people who witnessed the crash] that the plane lost control while landing," Shport said on the Rossiya-24 (VGTRK) television channel.

"The plane was new, it was being flown by a very experienced pilot. Apparently, something unforeseen happened," he said.

The governor said the plane was expected to land in Nikolayevsk-on-Amur but could not do so due to bad weather. "It headed to [the airfield] in the village Polina Osipenko, but could not land there either. The pilot decided to go to the final point, to Nelkan," Shport said.

A passenger plane M-410 crashed while landing in the settlement of Nelkan on Wednesday. The aircraft was en route from Khabarovsk. The plane disappeared from radars two kilometers from the runway. It was carrying seven people: five passengers, including a four-year-old child, and two crewmembers. Six people died.