Plane overshoots runway in Russia before catching fire, injuring 18

A passenger jet caught fire after overshooting its landing sending it crashing through a fence at an airport in Russia, injuring 18 people.

Dramatic footage showed the Utair-operated Boeing 737-800 engulfed in flames on the tarmac at Sochi airport early on Saturday morning (local time).

According to state broadcaster Russia Today, the flight from Moscow took two attempts to land in Sochi due to poor weather conditions.

An Utair spokesman told local media the plane crashed through the fence on the second attempt.

Photo The crashed plane was a Utair-operated Boeing 737-800.

UTair operated Boeing 737-800 flying after take off Supplied: Utair

He said it then fell into a riverbed, destroying a wheel stand, one of its wings and sparked a fire on the plane's left engine.

Russia's Health Ministry said 18 people were injured in the incident, including three children.

Early reports said six people were treated for carbon monoxide poisoning, and four were treated for burns.

Russia Today reported that although there were no deaths from the fire, one Sochi airport employee died of a heart attack while responding to the incident.

The plane's 164 passengers and six crew members were all evacuated.

Photo Three children were among the 18 people injured in the incident.

A large fire burns with flames leaping high, against a dark night sky, with a tree in the foreground. Reuters

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