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An Antonov An-2 biplane (file photo)

An Antonov An-2 biplane (file photo)

Two people have been killed and two others injured when a single-engine biplane ran into engine trouble and went down in Russia’s East Siberia region. According to a statement released by the Russian Emergency Situations Ministry, the Antonov An-2 aircraft crashed upon landing in the village of Tayozhny on Saturday. “The aircraft is on fire, the body of one victim has been found,” a local police source said. The security added that the two survivors have been taken to a local hospital to receive medical treatment. The cause of the crash has not been determined and an investigation into the incident is underway. The Antonov An-2 is a large slow-flying biplane, and is used as a light utility transport, parachute drop aircraft, agricultural work and many other tasks. The aircraft made its first flight on August 31,1947, and its production ceased in 2002. In addition to Russia’s flag carrier, Aeroflot, the Soviet Air Force, and Vietnam People's Air Force (VPAF), dozens of nations and airlines have employed the Antonov An-2 in civil and military roles. In recent years, it has gained popularity in the United States and Canada as a bushplane. MP/SS
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