Russian military plane crashes at Czech base, 19 reported injured

Up to 19 injured, many seriously, from the crash of a Russian military aircraft at a Czech air base

Chris Johnstone | 23.05.2012
An Antonov An-30B

A Russian military aircraft coming into land at the eastern Czech military base at Čáslav skidded off the runway and burst into flames with 19 out of 21 people on board injured, most of them seriously, Czech public television broadcaster (ČT) reported on Wednesday morning.

The aircraft, an Antonov An-30 B, has been part of a Russian mission at the Czech air base with some reports saying that it was due to take part in the airbase annual air show, Open Skies.

Accident emergency services said that some of the injured were taken to the eastern Czech city of Hradec Králové and to a special burns units at Prague’s Vinohrady hospital around 50 kilometers away.


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