Azur Air plane with 344 on board makes hard landing in Russia, 49 passengers injured

Forty nine passengers were injured as an Azur Air Boeing 767 jet with 344 people aboard made a hard landing in an airport in the Russian city of Barnaul in southern Siberia, not far from the border with Kazakhstan.

A landing gear unit caught fire as the Boeing 767-300 touched down. The pilot informed the airport services of the problem, and emergency services swiftly extinguished the blaze.

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Forty nine people were injured in the hard landing, but only five of them required hospitalization. There were 334 passengers and 10 crew members aboard.

The plane, operated by Russian carrier Azur Air, was returning from Vietnam. Investigators are now working to identify the reasons for the incident.

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