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Boeing Airliner Crashes in Russian City of Kazan, 50 Killed

Sunday, 17 Nov 2013 11:25 AM

MOSCOW  — A Boeing 737 crashed on landing in the Russian city of Kazan on Sunday, killing all 50 people on board, the Emergencies Ministry said.

The flight from Moscow made a second attempt at landing and exploded on impact, killing all 44 passengers and six crew on board. The flight was operated by the regional Tatarstan airline, a ministry spokeswoman said.

There were no immediate indications of what may have caused the crash. Weather in the city soon after the crash was reported to be light precipitation and winds of about 18 mph.

Kazan is about 450 miles east of Moscow, where the flight originated.
A spokeswoman for the Emergencies Ministry, Irina Rossius, said there were 44 passengers and six crew members aboard and all had been killed.
Russia's last plane crash came in January, when a Russian-made Tupolev belonging to Red Wings airline careered off the runway at Moscow's Vnukovo airport, rolled across a snowy field and slammed into the slope of a nearby highway, breaking into pieces and catching fire.

Investigators say equipment failure caused the crash, which killed five people.

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