Sad:- At Least 50 People Killed in Russian Plane Crash Today

By 10:31 Mon, 13 Jan 2014 Comments

A passenger plane crashed at an airport in the Russian city of

Kazan today, killing all 50 people on board, reports say.

The Boeing 737 had taken off from Moscow and was trying

to land but exploded on impact at about 19:20 local time

(15:20 GMT), officials said.

The Emergencies Ministry said there were 44 passengers

and six crew members on the Tatarstan Airlines flight.

Investigators are now looking at whether a technical failure

or crew error may have caused the crash. Among the dead

was Irek Minnikhanov, a son of the president of the Russian

Republic of

Tatarstan, according to the official passenger list.

Aleksander Antonov, who headed Tatarstan’s branch of the

Federal Security Service, was also among the

passengers. The victims also included two children.

Reports said the pilot had already tried to land several times

before crashing. The crew had said they were not ready to

land because of technical problems, Russian news agencies


A journalist who said she had flown on the same aircraft

from Kazan to Moscow earlier on Sunday told Russia’s

Channel TV that there was a strong vibration during the

landing in the Russian capital.

“When we were landing it was not clear whether there was

a strong wind, although in Moscow the weather was fine, or

some kind of technical trouble or

problem with the flight,” said Lenara Kashafutdinova.

“We were blown in different directions, the plane was tossed

around. The man sitting next to me was white as a sheet.”

The airport in Kazan – the capital of Tatarstan – has been

closed since the accident and is expected to re-open on

Monday morning.

Kazan lies about 720km (450 miles) east of Moscow.

Although some of Russia’s biggest airlines now have very

good reputations, frequent crashes by smaller

operators mean the country has one of the worst air safety

records in the world.

Source – BBC



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