Boeing airliner crash kills 50 in Kazan, Russia
A Boeing 737 airliner crashed in route from Moscow, exploding when it hit the runway in Kazan, Russia Sunday, killing all 44 passengers and six crew members on board.
(AP Photo/Russian Emergency Situations Ministry)
A¬†Boeing¬†737¬†airliner crashed on landing in the Russian city of¬†Kazan¬†on Sunday, killing all 50 people on board, the¬†Emergencies Ministry¬†said.
The flight from¬†Moscow's Domodedovo airport¬†was making a second attempt to land and exploded when it hit the runway, killing all 44 passengers and six crew on board.
Flight U363 was operated by the regional Tatarstan Airlines, a ministry spokeswoman said.
Firefighters extinguished a fire at the scene. According to eyewitness reports, the¬†Boeing¬†lost altitude quickly and its fuel tank exploded on impact.
According to local reports, there were high winds and cloudy skies over the airport in¬†central Russia. Temperatures were above zero.
Kazan, which is 500 miles east of¬†Russia, is capital of the largely-Muslim, oil-rich region of Tatarstan.
Russia's regional airlines have a poor safety record. In April 2012, at least 31 people were killed when a Russian passenger plane crashed shortly after take-off in Siberia.
In Sept. 2011, a Yak-42 passenger jet carrying members of a major league ice hockey team came down shortly after takeoff and burst into flames near the Russian city of¬†Yaroslavl, killing 44 people.
Russia¬†and the former Soviet republics combined had one of the world's worst air-traffic safety records in 2010, with a total accident rate almost three times the world average, according to the¬†International Air Transport Association.
IATA said last year that global airline safety had improved in 2011 but that accident rates had risen in¬†Russia¬†and the ex-Soviet¬†Commonwealth of Independent States.