Rus­sian air­port worker dies, 18 hurt in plane crash

South Florida Sun-Sentinel (Sunday) - - Nation & World -

MOSCOW — Rus­sia’s trans­porta­tion min­is­ter said a su­per­vi­sor at Sochi air­port died Satur­day dur­ing an emer­gency re­sponse af­ter a land­ing plane ca­reered off the end of the run­way into a riverbed and caught fire.

The health min­istry said 18 peo­ple were in­jured in the ac­ci­dent, which oc­curred about 3 a.m. Satur­day as the Utair-op­er­ated Boe­ing 737 from Moscow was land­ing. The plane was car­ry­ing 164 pas­sen­gers and six crew mem­bers.

The Sochi air­port said the fire was ex­tin­guished within eight min­utes.

Trans­porta­tion Min­is­ter Yevgeny Ditrikh said air­port shift su­per­vi­sor Vladimir Begiyan, who was one of the first re­spon­ders to the ac­ci­dent, died of a heart at­tack at the scene.

The cause of the crash has not been de­ter­mined.

Other in­for­ma­tion about the plane crash was un­avail­able.

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