No survivors found in plane crash at Minsk

MINSK, Belarus, Oct. 27 (UPI) -- Emergency services personnel did not find any survivors at the crash site of a Russian business jet near the Minsk airport, officials in Belarus said Tuesday.

Officials said a Hawker-125 jet carrying three passengers and three crew members left from the airport in Moscow Monday, then went off the radar screen as it approached the Minsk facility about an hour later, the Russian news agency RIA Novosti reported.

Russian air traffic control officials said only two passengers were on board because the third missed the flight.

The chief executive officer of S-Air airline, Marat Romashkin, was reportedly on board the plane, RIA Novosti said.

"The emergency services are working at the crash site. An investigation into the causes of the crash will involve an S-Air representative," an official of from the Belarusian emergencies ministry said.

Preliminary information indicated the plane failed to land on its first attempt at Minsk and was lost by traffic controllers after a second try. Officials said wreckage was found about 2 1/2 miles from the runway.



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