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.