Accessibility links

Breaking News

Russian Plane Crash Kills Nine People

A Russian plane crashed in Siberia on December 26, killing all nine people on board.

The Antonov An-12 plane, flying from the city of Novosibirsk with cargo on board, crashed into a military warehouse complex near the town of Irkutsk, causing a fire.

No casualties were reported on the ground.

A Defense Ministry spokesman said the airplane destroyed the roofs of two buildings where auto parts were stored.

According to the International Air Transport Association, Russia and other former Soviet countries together have one of the world's worst air-traffic safety records, with a total accident rate almost three times the world average in 2011.

Based on reporting by Interfax, ITAR-TASS, AFP, and Reuters

RFE/RL has been declared an "undesirable organization" by the Russian government.

If you are in Russia or the Russia-controlled parts of Ukraine and hold a Russian passport or are a stateless person residing permanently in Russia or the Russia-controlled parts of Ukraine, please note that you could face fines or imprisonment for sharing, liking, commenting on, or saving our content, or for contacting us.

To find out more, click here.