reports note the loss of life in the crash of the ATR-72
twin turbo-prop French-Italian-made aircraft is in the dozens, of the forty-three who were aboard the aircraft.
- It is now reported by Fox News
that 31 of the 43 passengers and crew have perished in the accident.
The Utair flight had just left the airport at Tyumen and was heading for Surgut, when it crashed approximately 30 km after takeoff. Sixteen survivors are confirmed, but the survivors which were air lifted by helicopter to are listed in serious condition with burns and injuries. Four survivors were listed in critical condition, while one person has succumbed to his injuries in hospital.
Two hundred rescuers were assigned to the rescue efforts along with several dozen specialized vehicles. Psychologists and more rescuers are on the way from Moscow to the site while the Emergencies Ministry has opened a hotline for the relatives to access the latest information.