The Boeing 737-500 airliner crash-landed in the Russian city of Kazan on Sunday evening, killing everyone on board.(Video)
50 people died after a Boeing passenger plane crashed on landing in the city of Kazan in central Russia on Sunday, according to the Emergencies Ministry. A doctor working at the scene said that only ashes and rubble were left from the plane.
The Boeing 737-500 passenger aircraft operated by Tatarstan Airlines exploded after crash-landing at Kazan Airport at 15:25 GMT. The jet’s nose reportedly hit the ground during touchdown. Flight U363 was traveling from Moscow’s Domodedovo Airport.
Initially, 44 fatalities were reported in the crash. The Federal Air Transport Agency later said that 50 people – including six crew members – were on board, all of whom were killed.
The Emergencies Ministry published a list of the victims, which included two children. Among the victims was British national Donna Bull, 53. She was an education consultant and the A-Level program director at Bellerbys College in Cambridge, UK.
It was also confirmed that Irek Minnikhanov, son of Tatarstan President Rustam Minnikhanov, was among the passengers killed in the accident. The death toll includes the republic’s head of Federal Security Service, Aleksandr Antonov.
Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke to Minnikhanov on the phone, expressing his condolences to relatives and friends of the deceased, and to the Tatarstan leader personally.
Authorities and the airline’s insurance company will pay compensation of around US$93,700 to each of the victims’ families. A day of mourning has been set for November 18.
Rescuers have already recovered the bodies of all 50 people from the crash site, according to Tatarstan’s Disaster Medicine Center. Now they are looking for flight data recorders.
According to reports on social media, taxi drivers in Kazan are taking the victims’ relatives to and from the airport free of charge.
A total of 53 flights have been cancelled in Kazan’s airport and redirected to other cities like Nizhniy Novgorod, Izhevsk, Nizhnekamsk and Cheboksary.
The passenger jet caught on fire after the crash landing. The flames were extinguished less than one hour into the disaster.
“Only ashes and pieces of foam were left from the plane [after the explosion],” a doctor from the emergency rescue team told ITAR-TASS.
Kazan is the eighth most populous city in Russia. Located 800km east of Moscow, it is the capital of the largely Muslim Republic of Tatarstan.
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