Osh Plane Crash Kyrgyzstan: All Passengers Survive (Pictures)

Huffington Post UK     First Posted: 29/12/11 15:54   Updated: 30/12/11 16:25

The story behind these dramatic pictures of an upturned aeroplane that crash-landed in Osh, Kyrgyzstan is less tragic that it first appears.

All of the plane’s 80 passengers and six crew members survived, although 17 people are being treated for injuries in hospital.

When the Soviet built aeroplane landed in the city of Osh, in Kyrgyzstan, central Asia, heavy fog shrouded the airport.

The Kyrgyzstan Airlines Tu-134 aircraft skidded off the runway and lost its balance, forcing it to flip over. A wing smashed into the icy tarmac and a fire broke out.

The aeroplane was on its way back from the Kyrgyzstan capital Bishkek.

A airport spokesman told Russian state news agency RIA Novosti:

"The landing was performed in thick fog. The plane skidded off the runway and turned to the left side. Its wing was smashed off. A loud explosion was heard"

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Rescuers work near an overturned Russian-made Tupolev 134 passenger jet at the airfield outside Osh on December 28, 2011. The packed TU-134 flipped over and caught fire on landing in the southern Kyrgyz city today injuring at least six people, officials and witnesses said.