Russia crash plane ‘fell vertically’ at Kazan airport
A passenger plane plunged vertically when it crashed onto an airport runway in the Russian city of Kazan, killing all 50 people on board, Russia’s transport minister says.
Investigators have found both of the flight recorders, or “black boxes”.
The Boeing 737 was arriving from Moscow and trying to land, but exploded on impact at about 19:20 local time (15:20 GMT) on Sunday, officials said.
The Tatarstan Airlines jet had 44 passengers and six crew on board.
The crash happened as the 23-year-old plane was making a second attempt to land. Earlier that day it had flown to the Armenian capital Yerevan and back to Kazan, then to Moscow.
Investigators are examining several possible causes – a technical malfunction, pilot error or poor-quality fuel.
There are no suspicions that it was a terrorist attack.
It was raining at the time but the weather conditions were favourable for landing, officials say.
Citing witnesses of the crash, Russian Transport Minister Maxim Sokolov said “the plane was vertical, practically vertical, but the recordings aren’t very high-quality because it was dark”.
The fuel tanks exploded on impact and it took hours to extinguish the blazing wreckage
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