Crash of Belarusian cargo plane in Russia leaves seven people dead

The An-12 cargo aircraft of the Belarusian airline “Hrodna,” has crashed near the Pivovarikha village in the Irkutsk region, 4 km from the airport, reports RIA Novosti.

There were seven people on board, all of whom died. Three of them were citizens of Belarus. They were navigator Andrey Syarheyeu, engineer Dzmitry Harmonenka and aircraft engineer Maksim Karpuk.

Russian and Ukrainian citizens were also on the plane crew.

Snapshot from the crash site. Photo: rian_ru / Telegram

Initially, it was reported that the plane disappeared from the radar, but it soon emerged that it went down on landing approach. The cause of the crash could have been piloting error and technical malfunction.

A case about violation of flight safety rules was later filed over the crash.

Cargo airplane An-12. Photo: Kommersant