12 survive plane crash in Russia
Apr 2, 2012, 3:59 GMT
Moscow - Twelve people survived a plane crash Monday in central Russia, the Itar-Tass news agency reported, citing a Ministry of Emergency Situations official.
Sixteen bodies had been found at the site of the ATR-72 crash near Tyumen, said Irina Andrianova, ministry spokeswoman.
Earlier reports had said that all on board had died.
The plane had 43 people on board, 39 passengers and four crew, Itar-Tass said.
Radio contact with the plane was reportedly lost shortly after its take-off from Tyumen, about 2,100 kilometres east of Moscow. The plane caught fire after crashing, a law enforcement source was quoted as saying.
The flight operated by Utair was on its way to Surgut, around 650 kilometres north-east of Tyumen.
The ATR-72 is a twin-engine turboprop regional airliner built by the French-Italian aircraft manufacturer ATR.
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