Seven dead in Russian airliner crash: ministry

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A Russian regional airliner crashed while trying to land in eastern Siberia on Monday and exploded into a fireball, killing seven of the 15 people aboard, the emergency situations ministry said.

The An-24 aircraft flying from Krasnoyarsk crashed at 1740 GMT near the airport for the city of Igarka while attempting to land, a spokeswoman for the emergency situations ministry said.

"According to the initial reports, seven people were killed and eight survived," the spokeswoman was quoted as saying by the Interfax news agency.

Ten passengers and five crew were on board the turboprop aircraft capable of carrying up to 44 passengers.

Firefighters and rescue workers had arrived at the crash site.

The reason for the crash was not immediately known, added the spokeswoman.

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