Russian Plane Crash Claims 44 Lives

By on Jun 21, 2011 in Russia, Travel, World Comments

A RusAir Tupolev TU-134A, performing flight 7R-243 from Moscow Domodedovo to Petrozavodsk Russia, crashed and burst into flames in northwestern Russia on June 20, 2011, about 11:30pm (Russian Time), several international news sites reported today.

According to reports, 44 people did not survive the incident. Eight people, including a 10-year-old boy, survived the crash. Seven of them were said to be in critical condition in hospitals in Petrozavodsk.

Reports said that the plane was trying to land at Petrozavodsk airport in the Karelia region in bad weather. However, it failed to make the runway and instead landed onto a road 2 kilometers away.

Russian Plane Crash
Scene After The Plane Crash
Credit: MCHS /

Deputy Prime Minister Sergei Ivanov reportedly said that the crash appeared to be a result of a pilot error, in which the pilot tried to locate the runway visually in bad weather, and failed. However, investigators said that it was still premature to draw conclusions. The plane’s black boxes have been recovered already, reports said.

The plane was reportedly carrying 43 passengers and 9 crew members.

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