Thirty-two people died and 11 others are in intensive care after Russian airline UTair’s passenger jet crashed on Monday morning, April 2, at around 7:33 am local time. The ATR-72 twin-engine turboprop aircraft crashed in a snowy field about 3 kilometers (1.8 miles) from Roschino International Airport in Tyumen in Siberia. The plane had taken off from the airport several minutes earlier.
There were reportedly 39 passengers and 4 crew members on the plane. All the people onboard carried Russian passports, according to the Interfax news agency, and most were Tyumen residents.
Contact with the French-Italian-built ATR-72 heading to Surgut was lost shortly after the flight took off. Reports indicate the aircraft burst into flames and broke into three pieces upon impact. Russian airline UTair has said that the plane went down as the pilots tried to carry out an emergency landing.
Possible causes of the crash may be technical failure due to ice on the wing, as well as potential pilot error or a possible mistake on the part of ground control.
Investigators have compiled a full passenger list, but some bodies will have to undergo DNA identification. The Emergencies Ministry has opened a hotline for the relatives of those onboard (8-800-775-17-17) to provide information and psychological assistance.