Nine people killed in plane crash in Siberia

Thursday 26 December 2013 15.50
The plane was flying to a factory in Irkutsk
The plane was flying to a factory in Irkutsk

A Russian plane has crashed in Siberia killing nine people.
              
The Soviet-built Antonov An-12 plane belonging to an aircraft factory in Novosibirsk was carrying six crew and three others.

The plane was flying to a factory in Irkutsk.
              
The turboprop plane fell on warehouses at a military unit outside Irkutsk.

There was a fire, but no casualties were immediately reported on the ground.

Technical malfunction and pilot error were seen as potential causes, a security source was quoted as saying.
              
Russia and other former Soviet republics together have one of the world's worst air-traffic safety records.

The total accident rate in Russia is almost three times the world average in 2011, according to the International Air Transport Association.