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Pilot error, engine failure possible causes of Ukraine plane crash landing that killed 5

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    Emergency vehicles arrive at Donetsk airport, Wednesday Feb. 13, 2013, after a plane crash-landed at the airport. A small passenger plane skidded past the landing strip and overturned in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk on Wednesday, killing five people. (AP Photo/Irina Gorbaseva) (The Associated Press)

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    Ukrainian AN-24 plane is seen after crash outside an airport in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk, Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013. A passenger plane carrying soccer fans headed for a match between Ukraine's Shakhtar and Borussia Dortmund, skidded past the landing strip and overturned on Wednesday, killing five people. The plane was carrying 44 people from the Black Sea port of Odessa. (AP Photo/Irina Gorbaseva) (The Associated Press)

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    Ukrainian AN-24 plane lies off a runway after it crashed in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk, Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013. A passenger plane carrying soccer fans headed for a match between Shakhtar and Borussia Dortmund, skidded past the landing strip and overturned on Wednesday, killing five people, officials said. The plane was carrying 44 passengers and crew from the Black Sea port of Odessa when it crash-landed. (AP Photo/Irina Gorbaseva) (The Associated Press)

Witnesses and officials are giving conflicting information on what caused a plane to crash land in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk.

The Soviet-designed AN-24 passenger plane carrying soccer fans headed for a match against a German team crash-landed during a scheduled landing at Donetsk airport Wednesday evening. It hit the ground between two landing strips, broke into two parts and caught fire. Of the 52 people on board, five were killed and nine were injured.

The head of the Southern Airlines, which operated the flight, told a local TV channel he believed the pilot of the plane should not have landed due to heavy fog. But one survivor reported engine failure, while a student pilot said one of the engines caught fire after hitting the ground.