9 Dead in Chelyabinsk Plane Crash

A cargo plane crashed near Chelyabinsk on Monday, killing all nine people aboard, an official said.

The An-12 took off from the Chelyabinsk airport, and the crew reported a fire aboard minutes before the crash, Emergency Situations Ministry spokeswoman Irina Andriyanova said.

She said all nine crew members aboard died in the crash, which occurred just after 6 p.m. in a forest some 30 kilometers from the Siberian city. No casualties were reported on the ground.

Interfax said the four-engine turboprop was flying without cargo to the Ural Mountains city of Perm and was operated by the private Moskovia carrier.

No one answered the phone at Moskovia's offices after hours Monday.

The An-12 was designed in the 1950s and built in large numbers for use in both military and civilian transport.

More than 100 such planes are still in service in Russia and other nations.