Five dead in crash of business jet in Belarus - Update

By : dpa

Moscow/Minsk - A private jet crashed late Monday near Minsk, killing the three crew members and two passengers aboard, the Interfax news agency reported, citing authorities in Belarus. The medium-sized aircraft, a British Aerospace BAe 125-800, was owned by the private Russian charter carrier S-Air. The dead included a top executive of the airline.

The airliner's crew reportedly made an initial attempt to land, cancelled the approach and, on making a second approach, disappeared from airport radar.

The plane went down in a forest and tore a path about 250 metres long through trees until coming to a stop in flames about four kilometres from the airport.

Firefighters and police were on the scene and a search for the aircraft's black boxes was in progress.

Visibility had been excellent at the time of the apparent accident, news reports said.

The plane had taken off Monday evening from Moscow for Minsk, where the passengers planned to visit a casino.



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