Five people killed in cargo plane crash landing in Ukraine

The Soviet-designed four-engine plane vanished from radar at 7.10am local time on Oct 4, when it was 13.7 km from the airport.
The Soviet-designed four-engine plane vanished from radar at 7.10am local time on Oct 4, when it was 13.7 km from the airport.PHOTO: REUTERS

KIEV (AFP, REUTERS) - Five people died when a transport plane crashed Friday (Oct 4) while coming in to land in western Ukraine, emergency services said.

The Antonov-12 airplane with eight people on board crash-landed 1.5 kilometres from the runway at the western airport of Lviv.

The surviving three passengers were hospitalised in a serious condition after being trapped in the wreckage, the emergency service said.

It added the aircraft was operated by Kiev-based company Ukraine Air Alliance and flying in from Vigo in Spain.

Deputy Infrastructure Minister Yuriy Lavrenyuk told Ukraine’s 112 TV channel that it was thought the plane had run out of fuel or a pilot had made a mistake.

The emergency services posted a picture of the plane with one wing ripped off.

It said in a statement that the Soviet-designed four-engine plane vanished from radar at 7.10 am local time when it was 13.7 km from the airport.

"Burning is not observed," it added. "The crew is being removed from the damaged aircraft."

One of the crew had called the service at 7.29 am to report the emergency landing of the plane.