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An Antonov An-24 passenger plane is seen on fire after an emergency landing in the town of Nizhneangarsk, Russia June 27, 2019 - Sputnik International

LIVE UPDATES: Airplane Emergency Landing in Russia's Nizhneangarsk (Video)

According to local authorities, forty-two adults and one child have been rescued after a plane made a hard landing.

Earlier local authorities reported that two people have been killed and seven injured in an emergency landing of an An-24 airplane in the city of Nizhneangarsk, Buryatia, Russia.

"The head of Buryatia is monitoring the situation involving the aviation accident in the Nizhneangarsk airport. A passenger plane conducted an emergency landing there. As a result of it, two pilots died. The passengers are alive. Forty-two adults and one minor child have been rescued. Seven people have been wounded", Alexey Fishev, the press secretary of the regional head, told reporters.

The press secretary said the aircraft took off from the Nizhneangarsk to Ulan-Ude in the early hours of Thursday, soon after which one of its engines failed. The crew decided to return to the airport.

"According to the preliminary information, during the landing, the plane went 100 meters [328 feet] beyond the runway and collided with a purification facility. The plane took fire", Fishev pointed out, adding that firefighters were working on the site.

The accident took place earlier in the day. According to the regional Interior Ministry, the An-24 plane, which was en route from Ulan-Ude to Irkutsk via Nizhneangarsk, landed at 10:20 a.m. (02:20 GMT) in Nizhneangarsk and went outside the runway and subsequently caught fire.

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06:03 GMT 27.06.2019
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"A criminal case has been launched under Clause 3 of Article 263 of the Russian Criminal Code (violation of safety rules of movement and use of railway and air transport)", the regional branch of the Russian Investigative Committee's transport department told Sputnik.

05:22 GMT 27.06.2019

"According to preliminary data, 14 people have been injured but none of them are in a serious condition", Alexei Fishev, the press secretary of the head of Russia's Buryatia Republic said.

05:18 GMT 27.06.2019

"Rescuers took the bodies of the pilots out of the cabin," a spokesman for the head of the region Aleksei Fishev said.

05:10 GMT 27.06.2019

The Interstate Aviation Committee (IAC) and the Russian Federal Air Transport Agency will participate in the probe into the emergency landing of an An-24 passenger plane in Russia's Republic of Buryatia, the Federal Air Transport Agency's spokeswoman told Sputnik.

"IAC, the regional branch of Russian Federal Air Transport Agency and investigators will be involved in the probe into the reasons of the emergency landing of the plane", the agency's spokeswoman said.

05:07 GMT 27.06.2019

Nineteen people are now in hospital after an accident involving an An-24 passenger plane in Russia's Republic of Buryatia, a representative of a local emergency call centre told Sputnik.

"Two people have been killed. Nineteen people have been hospitalised", the call centre representative said.

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