December 23, 2005

Azeri passenger plane crashes with 23 on board: RIA

MOSCOW (Reuters) - An Azeri passenger plane with 23 people
on board crashed on Friday soon after take off from the
Caucasus state's capital Baku, Russia's RIA news agency

RIA quoted the Azeri transport authority as saying that
An-142 aircraft bound for the city of Aktau in Kazakhstan with
18 passengers and five crew disappeared from radar screens 20
minutes after take-off. It was not clear if there had been any

Itar-Tass news agency said the plane was An-140.

"As became known later the plane crashed near the village
of Kyurdakhany some 15 km (10 miles) from Baku," RIA said. It
said the plane belonged to Azerbaijan's flag carrier AZAL.