Reports: 50 Believed Dead in Russian Plane Crash

By Mark Leberfinger, Staff Writer
November 17, 2013; 7:45 PM ET
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A jetliner crashed Sunday in Russia, where it's believed that all 50 people aboard were killed.

The Associated Press cited Russian news reports that the Boeing 737 crashed as it was landing in the city of Kazan, about 450 miles east of Moscow.

The ITAR-Tass news agency reported that the airliner lost altitude, collapsed on the runway and its fuel tanks exploded.

It's not known why the plane crashed.

The weather at the time of the crash (7:20 p.m. local time) was 37 degrees F, or 2.8 C, with cloudy skies and light rain, Senior Meteorologist Alan Reppert said.

View of debris at the crash site of the Russian passenger airliner, a Boeing 737, near Kazan, the capital of the Tatarstan republic, about 720 kilometers (450 miles) east of Moscow, early Monday, Nov. 18, 2013. A Russian passenger airliner crashed Sunday night while trying to land at the airport in the city of Kazan, killing everyone aboard, officials said. The Boeing 737 belonging to Tatarstan Airlines crashed an hour after taking off from Moscow. There were no immediate indications of the cause. (AP Photo/Nikolai Alexandrov)


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