Victims of Plane Crash in Czech Republic Return to Russia

Twelve Russians, the crew members of a An-30 turboprop that crash landed on May 23 at an airport in the east of Prague, and Russian Defense Ministry inspectors returned to Russia on Saturday, the press service of the Russian Defense Ministry said.

The Antonov An-30 aircraft with 23 servicemen on board – 14 Russians and nine Czechs – skidded off the runway after its nosewheel collapsed on landing at the Caslav Military Airport. Then the fire erupted at the aircraft.

The twin-engine turboprop aircraft was carrying out an Open Skies surveillance flight.

The Open Skies Treaty, signed in 1992 on an initiative of U.S. President George H.W. Bush, established a regime of unarmed aerial observation flights over the territories of its 34 member states to promote openness and the transparency of military forces and activities.


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