Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 23 October 2014

Six killed in Russian test flight

In this image taken from TV footage, Russian firemen work at the site of the AN-148 jet crash in Belgorod (AP)

Six people are reported to have been killed in Russia after an Antonov-148 plane crashed during a test flight.

Reports say the crash took place in the Belgorod region about 350 miles south of Moscow.

The two pilots are understood to have been from Burma. The Interfax-AVN news agency said the Burmese air force has ordered two An-148s, though it was not immediately known if the plane that crashed was to be delivered to the country.

The An-148 is a regional high-wing jet with a maximum range of about 3,000 miles and passenger capacity of 99.

There was no information on the cause of the crash. State airline Rossiya criticised the An-148 last year for door lock and engine problems.

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