Wreckage lay strewn over an area of two miles (kms) at Majhipara, near Panagarh airstrip in West Bengal, after Saturday's (19 December) crash by a Soviet plane in which 17 passengers died.
LS Aircraft in field
MCS Aircraft and body (2 shots)
MS Airscrew and engine apart from body
MCS Indians inspecting damage
CS Damaged fuselage
CS Indian soldiers searching through wreckage
MCS Second engine and cowling apart from body
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MS Forward part of body
MCS Officer commanding rescue operations
MCS Burnt-out fuselage
GV Area of wreckage
Initials CM/BHH/ES. 17.00 CM/BHH/VC/1705
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Background: Wreckage lay strewn over an area of two miles (kms) at Majhipara, near Panagarh airstrip in West Bengal, after Saturday's (19 December) crash by a Soviet plane in which 17 passengers died.
The four engined Antonov aircraft belonging to the Soviet airline Aeroflot tried to land at Panagarh airstrip with on engine ablaze, overshot the runway, veered off and streaked for about a mile (1500 metres) before crashing, civil aviation authorities said.
The aircraft was on a flight from Dacca, East Pakistan, to New Delhi when the crash occurred. It was returning to Moscow after unloading a supply of Soviet relief materials for the cyclone victims in Dacca.
Reports said four of the dead were identified after the crash, and the rest were burned beyond recognition.
Local villagers said the aircraft hit four cowherds working in a field.
Fire engines rushed from the nearby steel town of Durgapur, and the three officials of the Soviet Consulate-General went to the crash-site with senior Indian aviation officials. Indian army personnel carried out the search for survivors at the site.