Lucky: Zhasmina Leontyeva was the only survivor of the tragedy in Khabarovsk
A three year old 'miracle girl' survived a plane crash today in which all other passengers perished.
Zhasmina Leontyeva was the only survivor of the tragedy in Khabarovsk region in eastern Russia, which took the lives of the six other passengers and the plane's crew.
The L-410 twin-engine turboprop plane came down in woodland one mile short of Nelkan airport in Khabarovsk.
The plane, en route from the region's capital city Khabarovsk, vanished from radar screens at around 1pm local time.
Marina Kravchenko, spokeswoman for Khabarovsk airport, said: 'The pilot flew after a delay due to bad weather at the arrival airport.'
Investigators see three possible causes of the crash – bad weather conditions, technical failure and crew mistake.
Little Zhasmina, who had been travelling with a minder on her way to stay with her grandmother, was conscious when rescuers plucked her from the crushed fuselage of the Khabarovsk Airlines flight.
She was rushed to hospital where she was found to have suffered a concussion and a fractured ankle.
Her shattered mother spoke of how she heard the plane had crashed and feared the worst until receiving the astonishing news that her daughter had cheated death.
Tragedy: The plane came down in woodland one mile short of Nelkan airport in Khabarovsk, killing six passengers and the crew
Miracle: Zhasmina, who had been travelling with a minder on her way to stay with her grandmother, was conscious when rescuers plucked her from the crushed fuselage
Marya Leontyeva, 32, had sent the girl to live with her grandmother while she nursed her three month old baby.
She found out about the crash after her son Danill, 11, had heard about it in school and called her.
She made more calls and was informed the plane had been lost moments before landing. Initial reports suggested all on board were dead.
'I almost turned grey before finding out my daughter is alive,' she said.
'I am so sorry for the other passengers,' she said. 'How appalling this is.'
Zhasmina is now with her grandmother at hospital in Nelkan.
'Zhasmina is conscious, she constantly strokes her granny's hand.'
Shock: Zhasmina's mother Marya Leontyeva, 32, found out about the plane crash from her son
Her grandmother Elena Leontyeva said: 'Zhasmina constantly holds me by the hand, hugs me, and does not let me out of her sight.
'Luckily she is still small, and did not really understand what happened to her.'
She said: 'I had gone to meet my granddaughter at the airport, but I did not see the moment of the disaster.
'They called me and said that she was already in the hospital.
'Tomorrow my granddaughter will be taken to Khabarovsk, and I will fly with her.'
The dead were named as pilot Igor Shumakov, 42, and co-pilot Alexander Zuev, along with passengers Anna and Olga Laponnikov, Svetlana Pakhomova and Denis Amosov.
The crash was witnessed by local airport boss Evgeny Arkhinos, who rushed to the scene.
The plane 'abruptly lurched and fell' less than a mile from the runway, he said.