Russian military cargo plane crash kills 17

Saturday, February 23, 2002

MOSCOW -- A military cargo plane carrying Russian naval officers and their relatives crashed as it tried to land amid heavy snow in northern Russia, killing 17 people and injuring three, officials said Friday.

The An-26 was making its third attempt to land late Thursday at the airport in Lakhta, near the White Sea port of Arkhangelsk, some 600 miles north of Moscow, the Interfax-Military News Agency reported.

The plane was carrying eight crew members and 12 passengers, including an 11-year-old girl, the Emergency Services Ministry said. The majority of passengers were naval officers returning from a meeting of the Northern Fleet in the Murmansk region.

Meanwhile, searchers found the remains of an Su-24 fighter-bomber that had gone missing during a training flight in northern Russia on Tuesday, the Defense Ministry said.

The remains of the two members of the plane's crew were found, the ITAR-Tass and Interfax-Military News Agency reported. The plane was spotted from a helicopter hovering over in a marsh near the village of Myshki, about 375 miles northwest of Moscow.

In Thursday's crash, the two-engine turboprop plane sliced treetops and slammed into a field a mile short of the runway, officials said.

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