Boeing passenger jet crashes in Russia, killing 50

Boeing passenger jet crashes in Russia, killing 50

A Boeing 737 belonging to a domestic Russian airline crashed Sunday while attempting to land at an airport in western Tatarstan, leaving 50 dead, the emergency situations ministry said.

The plane, which took off from Moscow, “crashed at Kazan airport at 7:25 pm (1525 GMT),” the ministry’s local branch said in a statement. “According to preliminary information, 50 people were killed.”

The Tatarstan Airlines plane, arriving from Moscow’s Domodedovo airport “hit the runway and burst into flames”, Russia’s Investigative Committee said in a statement.

Local news agencies reported the plane had tried to land three times before crashing.

Source: AFP

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