Russian airport worker dies, 18 hurt in plane crash
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.