Canadair jet crashes in Armenia, injuring 10
Updated Thu. Feb. 14 2008 7:03 AM ET
The Associated Press
YEREVAN, Armenia – A Canadair plane carrying 21 people flipped over and burst into flames during takeoff from Armenia’s capital today, injuring 10 people.
The head of Armenia’s civil aviation authority says the Canadair CRJ-100 was heading for Minsk, Belarus, when it crashed on the runway at Zvartnots Airport.
Avtiom Movsesian says there were 18 passengers and three crew members aboard.
Ten people were taken to hospital with injuries.
A spokesman for the airport, Gevorg Abramian, says none of the injuries appeared to be life-threatening.
The plane belonged to Belarus’s state airline Belavia.
The CRJ-100 is made by Montreal-based Bombardier.
Last year, many of Bombardier’s Q-400 turboprop planes were grounded after a Scandinavian Airlines aircraft skidded off a runway with 52 people aboard.