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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Small Jet Crashes During Takeoff From Vnukovo

A small private jet crashed Tuesday during takeoff in bad weather from Vnukovo International Airport. No passengers were on board, and the three crewmembers survived.

The crash occurred around 4:50 p.m.

One crewmember was immediately taken to the hospital with minor injuries, airport spokesman Konstantin Konanykhin said.

The chief pilot was identified as Ashin Gazvami, a U.S. citizen. His co-pilot was Konstantin Sannikov, a Russian. The third person on board was a technical engineer; he was Vyacheslav Lazarevich, also Russian.

"Two of the three received injuries so insignificant that they were able to give information about the crash to investigators," Konanykhin said.

The plane caught fire as it was speeding down Vnukovo's Terminal Three runway during heavy snowfall, said Yulia Sadnikova, the Emergency Situations Ministry spokeswoman.

The preliminary investigation showed that after it had caught fire, the plane turned on its side, landing on its right wing, Sadnikova said.

The plane was a Challenger 850 and was assigned flight No. 8991 by airport authorities, Sadnikova said. It had been bound for Berlin. The Challenger 850, made by Canada's Bombardier Aerospace, is a luxury 15-seat executive jet with a range of over 4,000 kilometers.

There were conflicting reports about who owned the jet. Konanykhin said it belonged to Tag Aviation. But Stephanie Caldy, Tag Aviation's marketing manager in Europe, said in a phone interview from Geneva that the plane had "nothing to do with Tag Aviation."

Interfax quoted Transportation Ministry officials as saying Fort-Aero had rented the aircraft. Fort-Aero is based in Moscow.

The airport was evacuated after the crash, Sadnikova said.