11 die as Russian plane crashes

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A Russian Antonov military cargo plane crashed killing all 11 crew members

A Russian Antonov military cargo plane has crashed on the border between Russia’s Tula and Oryol regions, killing all 11 crew members aboard, the Itar-Tass news agency reported.

Itar-Tass cited a source from the Russian Defence Ministry’s information department as saying the An-22 plane had been flying from Voronezh to Tver when it disappeared from radar screens.

The news agency quoted a Russian law enforcement official as confirming all 11 crew members were dead.

The Tula region is about 120 miles south of Moscow, and the Oryol region is about 225 miles southwest of Moscow.

The heavy transport aircraft can airlift up to 290 soldiers or 150 paratroopers or four units of heavy equipment.

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