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Russian military says 32 hurt in plane crash, but no deaths

In this handout photo released by Yakutsk.ru web portal shows Emergency Ministry employees investigate the wreckage of an Il-18 turboprop, that crash-landed about 30 kilometers (19 miles) from the town of Tiksi in the Sakha-Yakutia region on the Laptev Sea, Russia, Monday, Dec. 19, 2016. A Russian military plane crash-landed Monday while approaching an Arctic airport, injuring most of the 39 people on board, officials said. (Yakutsk.ru photo via AP)

In this handout photo released by Yakutsk.ru web portal shows Emergency Ministry employees investigate the wreckage of an Il-18 turboprop, that crash-landed about 30 kilometers (19 miles) from the town of Tiksi in the Sakha-Yakutia region on the Laptev Sea, Russia, Monday, Dec. 19, 2016. A Russian military plane crash-landed Monday while approaching an Arctic airport, injuring most of the 39 people on board, officials said. (Yakutsk.ru photo via AP)  (The Associated Press)

The Russian military says that one of its planes with 39 people on board crash-landed in the far north of the country, injuring 32.

The military said the plane, an Il-18 turboprop, crash-landed Monday near the town of Tiksi in the Yakutia region on the Laptev Sea in the Arctic.

It said in a statement that helicopters evacuated people from the crash site and that 32 were hospitalized, including 16 in grave condition.

Local officials in Yakutia said strong winds were the likely cause of the incident.

The Il-18 is a four-engine passenger plane designed in the 1950s, and some are still in service with the Russian military for transport duties.