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Airplane crashes in Russia with thirteen people on board

Naryan-Mar, Russia - The Antonov An-2 had just taken off. By now the victims are four

An Antonov TVS-2MS airplane of Naryan-Mar Air with eleven passengers and two crew members had an accident today at 10:30 am (local time) in the Nenets Autonomous Okrug, in the north-eastern part of European Russia. The aircraft -with registration RA-01460- had just taken off from the airport of the administrative center Naryan-Mar when it seems that it suddenly turned and headed down crashing to the grownd. According to what local authorities reported to Russian press the victims -from the two ones that had been previously announced- raised to four, to whom several injured people in serious conditions must be added. The TVS-2MS version is the turboprop conversion of the Antonov An-2, an airplane that was built from 1946 until 2001 and which is still being used in both civil and military fields. With a useful load of 2140 kg, a length of 12.4 m and a wingspan of 18.2 m for the upper wing and of 14.2 m for the lower one, the aircraft is able to carry up to twelve passengers and two crew members, flying at a maximum speed of 258 km/h, with a cruise speed of 190 km/h and a range of 845 km.

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