MOSCOW— Russian news agencies are reporting 44 people have been killed in a passenger jet crash in northwestern Russia.
RIA Novosti and ITAR-Tass are citing Emergencies Ministry officials as saying the plane crash-landed on a highway en route to the city of Petrozavodsk from Moscow. They say the Russian-made Tu-134 jet landed a few hundred yards (meters) short of the runway.
They say eight people who survived the crash are in critical condition in hospital.
Earlier reports put the toll at 40.
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MOSCOW (AP) — Forty people were killed when a passenger jet crashed late Monday in northwestern Russia, news agencies said.
RIA Novosti and Interfax, citing Emergencies Ministry officials, reported that the plane crash-landed on a highway en route from Moscow to the city of Petrozavodsk, in the province of Karelia.
Russian news agencies said the plane crashed on its final approach to the airport in Petrozavodsk, landing a few hundred yards (meters) short of the runway. Petrozavodsk is 400 miles (640 kilometers) northwest of Moscow.
They reported eight people who survived the crash were hospitalized in critical condition. The plane was a Russian-made Tu-134 jet, the Emergencies Ministry said.
The ministry confirmed on its website that there had been an incident and posted a list of 43 passengers. There were also five crew aboard, news agencies said.
The Karelia branch of the Emergencies Ministry said radio contact with the pilot was lost at 23:40 local time (7:30 p.m. EDT, 1940GMT) .
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