Sad:- At Least 50 People Killed in Russian Plane Crash Today
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
Tatarstan, according to the official passenger list.
Aleksander Antonov, who headed Tatarstanâ€™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 Russiaâ€™s
Channel TV that there was a strong vibration during the
landing in the Russian capital.
â€œWhen 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,â€ said Lenara Kashafutdinova.
â€œWe were blown in different directions, the plane was tossed
around. The man sitting next to me was white as a sheet.â€
The airport in Kazan â€“ the capital of Tatarstan â€“ has been
closed since the accident and is expected to re-open on
Kazan lies about 720km (450 miles) east of Moscow.
Although some of Russiaâ€™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 â€“ BBC
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