Belarussian Jet Flips Over

A Belavia plane carrying 21 people crashed on takeoff from Armenia's capital early Thursday, injuring at least 10 people, the head of the country's civil aviation authority said.

The plane, a Bombardier CRJ-100, was heading for Minsk when it flipped over on the runway at Zvartnots Airport and burst into flames after hitting the runway on takeoff at 4:15 a.m., Artyom Movsesyan said.

He said there were 18 passengers and three crewmembers aboard. Ten people were hospitalized with injuries. A spokesman for the airport, Gevorg Abramyan, said none of the injuries appeared to be life-threatening.

A spokeswoman for the civil aviation authority, Gayane Davtyan, said four people received serious burns, and that "nearly everyone on board received burns of various degrees."

Belavia is the Belarussian state airline.

AP, Reuters