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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

5 Die as Tashkent-Bound Plane Crashes




A cargo plane from Uzbekistan crashed at a Moscow airport over the weekend, killing five of the seven crew on board.


The press service at Domodedovo Airport in southeast Moscow, where the crash took place at about 5 a.m. Sunday, said the Ilyushin-114 failed to gain enough altitude after taking off.


It slammed into the concrete fence around the airport, bursting into flames. It came down 400 meters from the end of the runway and several dozen meters from country cottages.


"The emergency services arrived at the scene and managed in the space of a few minutes to control the fire and save two of the seven crew members on board," the press service said.


The two who survived were hospitalized in intensive care.


The cause of the crash has not been determined. The airport press service said the plane's black box was being checked to determine why the aircraft failed to gain enough altitude.


The Chkalov aircraft manufacturing company in the Uzbek capital, Tashkent, said the crash was most likely caused by a strong gust of side wind.


A preliminary report has revealed no technical problems with the plane, according to Deputy Prime Minister Ilya Klebanov. He also noted that the aircraft took off in poor weather.


The Il-114 was designed at the Ilyushin complex in Moscow and is undergoing certification tests and trial operation at the aircraft enterprise in Tashkent.


The plane that crashed was taking aircraft equipment from the Ilyushin company to Tashkent, Ivanov said.


Domodedovo Airport, 30 kilometers south of Moscow, is undergoing large-scale renovation aimed at bringing it up to international standards.