One person was killed on Saturday and at least a dozen hospitalised when an aircraft burst into flames before take-off on a runway at an airport in Russia's far north, officials said.

The Tupolev plane with 116 passengers and eight crew on board had been due to fly from the city of Surgut to Moscow.

The plane had started burning while taxiing on the runway. The emergency services were unable to put out the fire and there was an explosion. The passengers and members of the crew were evacuated before the explosion. However, the statement said one corpse had been found with signs of severe burns.

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