15 Nov 2017 09:30

Six people die in plane crash in Khabarovsk Territory - police

KHABAROVSK. Nov 15 (Interfax) - Six people have died in a plane crash in the Khabarovsk Territory, the police said.

"According to the update, the crash killed six instead of eight people, including two crewmembers and four passengers," a spokesman for the Khabarovsk territorial department of the Russian Interior Ministry told Interfax.

The plane crashed on Wednesday while approaching Nelkan Airport for landing.

A criminal inquiry into the plane crash has begun on the counts of violations of the flight safety regulations causing death of two people or more by negligence, the Far Eastern transport investigative department of the Russian Investigative Committee said on its website.

The L-410 plane of Khabarovsk Airlines en route from Khabarovsk to Nelkan crashed while approaching for landing at about 1 p.m. local time on Wednesday, the investigators said.

According to the united air traffic control service of the Ayano-Maysky district, the plane flew over the airfield and fell on a belt of trees. "The plane missed the runway by more than 1.5-2 kilometers," a representative of the air traffic control service told Interfax.