MOSCOW, Dec. 16 (Xinhua) -- Two people died in the blast of a Yak-52 sports plane near St. Petersburg on Saturday, the Russian Emergencies Ministry said.
The blast went off at 14:20 Moscow time (0920 GMT) in the Vsevolzhsky district of the Leningrad region, 25 kilometers away from Petersburg.
"The Yak-52 exploded in the air above a stadium in the settlement Nizhniye Oselki," the information department of the Ministry was quoted by the Itar-Tass news agency as saying. Two crew members died in the blast.
According to preliminary information, no victims and destruction sustained on the land. A special committee is investigating the cause of the accident.
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