Myanmar citizens among 6 dead in Russia crash

Reuters News
Posted: Mar 18, 2011 4:21 PM
Myanmar citizens among 6 dead in Russia crash

MOSCOW (Reuters) - A mid-sized Russian-built plane crashed during a training flight in western Russia on Saturday, killing all six people on board including two citizens of Myanmar, officials said.

The Antonov An-148 crashed in the Belgorod province, some 600 km (370 miles) south of Moscow, the Emergency Situations Ministry in Moscow said.

It said four Russian crew members and two pilots from Myanmar were killed. Myanmar's embassy in Moscow said it had no information about the crash.

The Interfax news agency, citing an unidentified law enforcement official, said seven people were aboard the plane and all were killed.

State-run RIA cited a source at the Russian plant that built the plane, a regional passenger jet that can carry nearly 100 passengers, as saying it was to be delivered to Myanmar at some point.

Interfax cited an aviation industry source as saying the plane was one of two to be delivered to Myanmar under a 2010 contract with the Southeast Asian nation's military.

Myanmar's government is dominated by the military.

(Reporting by Ludmila Danilova and Tanya Ustinova, writing by Steve Gutterman, editing by Amie Ferris-Rotman)