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Fire Aboard Russian Military Plane Injures 6 Near Prague

Czech and Russian military officials say that at least six people were seriously injured on May 23 in a fire aboard a Russian aerial survey AN-30 aircraft.

Reports say the fire was caused by malfunctioning landing gear as the plane was preparing to land at Caslav airbase near Prague.

A Czech Defense Ministry spokesman told journalists that 23 military personnel -- 14 Russians, and nine Czechs -- were aboard the plane.

Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said the plane was on an observation flight above the Czech Republic under the Treaty on Open Skies.

Based on reporting by CTK, Interfax