TWO pilots were killed but 43 passengers and cabin crew miraculously survived when a Russian plane burst into flames after crash landing into a sewage treatment plant during an emergency landing.
Nineteen of those on board have been rushed to hospital.
The Antonov-24 had asked for an emergency landing after suffering an engine failure soon after takeoff from Nizhneangarsk in the Siberian republic of Buryatia.
Reports say the plane veered off the runway as it landed, crashing through a fence and colliding head-on with a sewage treatment building.
Forty three people including two children were pulled to safety seconds before fire exploded through the cabin gutting the plane.
Two cabin crew were among the survivors.
Videos showed firefighters spraying water on the wreckage as toxic black smoke poured from the aircraft.
Minutes after the crash, the passenger cabin was entirely gutted.
Reports initially said seven were hospitalised after the rescue operation on the 44-seat twin turboprop aircraft.
Later the figure was updated to 19 needing hospital treatment.
Officials said all passengers were safely rescued, but the two pilots died.
A spokesman for the regional government in Buryatia said: “A passenger plane conducted an emergency landing.
“As a result, two pilots died.
“The passengers are alive.
“Forty-two adults and one child were rescued.
“Seven people were wounded.”
Later information said 19 people had been hospitalised.
An emergencies source said: ”Two people have been killed.
“Nineteen people have been hospitalised.”
The spokesman Alexey Fishev said: “According to preliminary information, during the landing, the plane went 100 metres [328 feet] beyond the runway and collided with a purification facility.
“The plane took fire.”
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Other reports say the plane spun off the runway as it landed as the captain failed to control it landing on a single engine.
Reports said the left-side engine had failed soon after takeoff.
The plane was flying from regional capital Ulan-Ude to the city of Irkutsk via Nizhneangarsk.
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