MOSCOW, October 26 (RIA Novosti) – An Antonov An-2 biplane crashed in East Siberia on Saturday, killing two people, Russia’s Emergency Situations Ministry has said.
The biplane crashed upon landing in the village of Tayozhny, in the Krasnoyarsk Territory, injuring another two people who are onboard, the ministry said in a statement.
“The aircraft is on fire, the body of one victim has been found,” a local police source said adding that two survivors have been taken to a local hospital.
An investigation into the crash is ongoing.
A local police spokesperson said citing the survivors that the accident had been likely caused by engine failure. “The pilots were looking for a place where to land but failed. The aircraft fell and caught fire,” she said.
Hundreds of An-2s remain in service in Russia despite the aircraft’s age, due to its reliability and versatility. The first An-2 flew in 1947 and production ceased in 1992.
Updates with cause of crash.