Airliner Overshot Runway On Landing, Impacted Building
Russian media reports state more than 150 passengers and crew
died when an S7 (formerly Siberian) Airlines Airbus A310 overran
the runway on landing in the eastern Siberian city of Irkutsk.
The Interfax news agency reports the jet (file graphic of type,
below right) was arriving from Moscow when it impacted a concrete
wall, struck a building and then caught fire early Sunday
"According to initial information 43 people were hospitalized
with various burn injuries and the rest died," a source in the
regional prosecutor's office told Interfax.
There is little to no
information as of yet on what may have prevented the aircraft from
making a routine landing. Eight crewmembers and 192 passengers were
reportedly onboard the plane, although those numbers had not been
officially confirmed by authorities.
At least some survivors managed to escape from the rear of the
It is the second commercial airliner to go down in Russia this
year. As Aero-News reported, an
Armenian A320 went down on approach to land in poor weather in the
Black Sea resort city of Sochi in May, killing all 113 people