Libyan plane goes off Moscow runway, injuring two crew members

A Libyan plane with no passengers aboard went off a runway while landing at Moscow airport on Wednesday night, breaking into pieces and injuring two of the six crew members, an emergency official said.

The Russian-made Ilyushin Il-62 was landing at Domodedovo airport to be serviced when it veered 400 meters (yards) off the runway and broke into three pieces, Emergency Situations Minister spokesman Viktor Beltsov said.

The plane was making a flight from the Libyan capital, Tripoli, Beltsov said.

Russian news agencies quoted emergency officials as saying the two crew members who were hurt suffered light injuries.

Beltsov said the plane apparently broke up because it turned at a sharp angle after touching down. There was no fire, and airport operations were normal following the accident.

Passenger and cargo airlines from many countries, particularly Soviet-era allies of Moscow, use planes made in the former Soviet Union. The Il-62 can carry more than 100 passengers, reports AP.

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