01 September, 2018

Airport worker dies in Russia after aircraft overshoots runway

Photo Tass
An airport worker at the Russian airport at Sochi has been killed in during an emergency response at the airport when a Utair Boeing 737 aircraft crashed.

The aircraft was landing when it careered off the end of the runway ending in a riverbed where it caught fire. According to the Russian health ministry, the aircraft was carrying 164 passengers and 6 crew members at the time of the incident, 18 of who suffered some injuries during the event.

An official at the airport said that the fire service had extinguished the aircraft fire within 8 minutes and the transportation minister, Yevgeny Ditrikh, has confirmed that Vladimir Begiyan, a shift supervisor who was one of the first responders to the accident, died after having what appeared to be a heart attack at the scene.

At this stage, no cause of the crash has been identified.