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ATR-72 Crash In Siberia Leaves 31 Dead And 11 Others Injured

Investigations Continue Into Aviation Accident Abroad


Investigations are underway in Siberia following a passenger aircraft crash involving an ATR-72 turboprop aircraft which led to the deaths of 31 people and left 11 others with serious injuries.

The plane operated by UTair is believed to have come down shortly after taking off from Tyumen, a regional centre in the country. More than 40 people were thought to be on board  the flight, which was en route to Surgut when the incident occurred.

There is currently no indication as to what caused the crash.

Aviation lawyers at Irwin Mitchell act for victims who have suffered serious injuries in air accidents in the UK and abroad, as well as representing the families of people who have been killed in plane crashes across the globe.

Jim Morris, former RAF pilot and Partner in the specialist aviation law team at the firm, said: “Very little is so far known as to what caused this incident, but many reports have rightly highlighted that air safety in Russia has been a concern for some time.

“It is vital that authorities work quickly to consider how this incident came to occur by considering all of the factors which could have played a part in the incident. Specific issues which will need to be examined will be the weather conditions, the actions of the crew and also whether any technical or mechanical issue could have had an impact.

 “It is vital that lessons can be learned from this incident so that flight safety in Russia, and across the globe, can be improved.”

“Our thoughts are with those injured and the families who lost loved ones in this tragic accident.”