Calgary Herald

44 killed in russian highway plane crash


Forty four people were killed and eight survived with serious injuries when a Russian passenger plane crashed onto a motorway before landing, leaving bodies strewn over the road, officials said Tuesday.

The RussAir Tu-134 tried to land just before midnight local time Monday on a motorway two kilometres from Petrozavod­sk airport in the Karelia region of northern Russia. But the plane, which was carrying out a flight from Moscow’s Domodedovo airport, crashed and caught fire before it approached the airport.

“On July 20, a Tu-134 plane sustained a hard landing. Contact was lost with the pilot at 23:40. The survivors have been sent to Petrozavod­sk hospital,” the local branch of the emergencie­s ministry said in a statement.

The spokesman of The Russian investigat­ivecommitt­eeVladimir­Markin told Russian news agencies that a criminal probe was being opened into neglect of air transport rules.

“According to the latest informatio­n, 52 people were on board the plane. Forty four were killed and eight were injured,” an emergencie­s ministry official told RIA Novosti news agency.

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