88 killed in airplane crash in Russia
A Boeing-737 jet crashes near Russia's city of Perm in the central Ural mountains killing all 83 passengers and five crew on board.Updated: Sep 14, 2008, 14:48 IST
A Boeing-737 jet crashed near Russia's city of Perm in the central Ural mountains killing all 83 passengers and five crew on board, Russian news agencies on Sunday reported quoting emergency ministry officials.
"According to the latest information, the airplane fell into a ravine near the city limits. There were 82 passengers plus a baby and five crew on board, and by preliminary information, they are all dead," investigator Vladimir Markin told the RIA Novosti news agency.
"The Trans-Siberian Railway was damaged due to the accident," Markin said.
The airplane, which belonged to Russia's leading Aeroflot airline company, was completely destroyed, Interfax reported quoted the Rosaviation agency.
"The airplane took off from Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport at 0242 IST, but as it was landing, at the height of 1,800 meters we lost contact with it," the ministry's spokeswoman Irina Andrianova said earlier as quoted by Interfax.
A rescue team was reported flying out of Moscow to assist local rescuers.