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12 die as Russian plane crashes

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.


From Belfast Telegraph