Passenger Plane Skids off Runway in Kyrgyzstan
    2011-12-28 20:17:10     Xinhua       Web Editor: Yihang

A Tu-134 passenger plane skidded off the runway when landing at a southern Kyrgyz airport Wednesday, leaving at least 25 people injured, Kyrgyz authorities said.

Upon arrival in the southern city of Osh following a 3.5-hour flight from Bishkek, the Kyrgyzstan Airlines jet veered off the runway, fell onto its side and then burst into flames, according to the AKIpress news agency.

Among the 84 passengers and six crew members on board, at least 25 were injured, with six children and a youngster in serious condition, according to the Ministry of Health.

All the passengers had been evacuated and the injured taken to hospital, a source at the Ministry of Emergency Situations told Xinhua, adding that Osh airport had been shut down and rescuers, firefighters and other emergency personnel were working on the scene.

Investigation into the accident was already underway.

According to the Osh Regional State Administration press service, Prime Minister Omurbek Babanov is planning to travel to Osh to inspect the situation.

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