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Five Killed As Plane Crash-Lands In Donetsk

Plane Crash In Donetsk Kills Fivei
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February 14, 2013
Five people were killed when a plane carrying supporters to a European soccer match in eastern Ukraine overshot the runway and broke up while attempting an emergency landing late on February 13. Twenty-six people were injured. Authorities said they had launched an investigation into the crash. (Reuters)

WATCH: Plane Crash In Donetsk Kills Five

Officials say five people were killed when a plane carrying football fans crash-landed in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk.

The Emergencies Ministry said 12 people were injured in the incident.

Reports describe the plane, which was carrying 45 people, as either overshooting or skidding off the runway, overturning, and breaking into pieces.

The airport was reported covered in heavy fog at the time.

The Antonov AN-24 plane, operated by Yuzhne Avialinii (South Airlines), had taken off from Odesa.

Many of the passengers were said to have been football fans on their way to attending a February 13 Champions League match between Ukrainian club Shakhtar Donetsk and the German club Borussia Dortmund.

A minute of silence was held in honor of those who died before the start of the match.

Based on reporting by Reuters, AFP, and AP

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