12 die as Russian plane crashes
Published 29/12/2010 | 00:52
An ageing Russian military cargo plane has crashed, killing all 12 people aboard, officials said.
The Federal Investigative Committee said the An-22 plane was on a flight from the south-western Voronezh region to the Tver region north-west of Moscow when it crashed in the Tula region, about 120 miles south of Moscow.
It said that along with the crew piloting the Antonov, the giant four-engined turboprop aircraft was also carrying another crew to the Migalovo military airbase in the Tver region.
The cause of the crash was not immediately determined.
The An-22, which was designed in the 1960s, has a payload of 60 metric tons and is capable of airlifting about 300 troops. Only a handful are still in service with the Russian air force. The plane that went down on Tuesday was built in 1974.