Plane crash in north-west Russia's Karelia kills 44

Jun 21 2011

Forty-four people have been killed and eight injured in a plane crash in north-western Russia, officials say.

The aircraft attempted to land on a motorway about 1km (0.6 miles) from Petrozavodsk airport in the republic of Karelia, but crashed and caught fire.

The RusAir Tupolev 134 plane had 43 passengers and nine crew. Survivors include a 10-year-old boy and a girl thought to be his sister.

Thick fog and heavy rain were reported at the time of the crash.

The plane came down while flying from the capital, Moscow, to Petrozavodsk.

It just missed houses close to the motorway. One source told the Interfax news agency that bodies were strewn across the road.

A mobile phone video of the scene shortly afterwards showed flames from the wreckage soaring into the night sky.

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