Feb 132013

At least three people died as a passenger plane crashed while landing at the airport of Donetsk in Ukraine. Apparently the aircraft was carrying soccer fans for tonight’s UEFA Champions League game between local Shakhtar and Borussia Dortmund.

Donetsk plane crash Antonov AN24

An Antonov AN-24 passenger jet of South Airlines crashed at Donetsk airport in Ukraine killing at least 3. Photo:Ria Novosti

The airplane, an Antonov AN-24 owned by the Ukrainian company South Airlines, was traveling from the Black Sea city of Odessa to Donetsk.

Update: Plane carrying football fans crashes in Donetsk, kills four

The pilots requested permission to perform an emergency landing at the airport “Sergei Prokofiev” in Donetsk.

But the aircraft, which was carrying 45 passengers on board, overshot the runway, stopped at a distance of 700 meters and caught fire killing 4 people.



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