China News Agency, Moscow, November 3 (Reporter Tian Bing) According to Russian media reports, on the 3rd local time, an An-12 transport plane flying from Yakutsk to Irkutsk was near Irkutsk. The crash killed all 7 people on board.

  According to the Russian Ministry of Emergency Situations, at 14:45 Moscow time, the plane disappeared from the radar screen at a distance of 7 kilometers from Irkutsk.

After the plane failed to land for the first time, the crew had requested a second landing.

According to Russian media reports, there was heavy rain and sleet at the time.

  Subsequently, relevant Russian authorities confirmed that the plane had crashed.

The crashed plane caused a fire on the ground, covering an area of ​​about 300 square meters.

The local fire and rescue department quickly arrived at the scene, and one of the "black boxes" of the crashed plane has been found.

Governor of Irkutsk Region Igor Kobzev also arrived at the accident site.

  It is reported that the aircraft belongs to the Belarusian Airlines Grodno.

According to Russian media, the aircraft was manufactured at the Tashkent Aircraft Factory and has been flying since 1968.

This aircraft was successively affiliated with the Soviet Air Force and the Russian Air Force, and was later retired and transferred to several airlines including Armenia, and then transferred to Grodno Airlines.

  According to the Belarusian media BelTA citing news from Grodno Airlines, the crew of the crashed plane included 3 Belarusians, 2 Russians and 2 Ukrainians.

TASS reported that the Belarusian Embassy in Russia has been informed of the situation.

  The TASS news agency quoted sources in relevant departments as saying that the possible causes of the plane crash include crew errors, technical failures, or bad weather.

At present, the Russian Investigation Commission has launched an investigation into the cause of the plane crash.

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