September 14, 2008
Airplane Crash in Russia Kills 88
By Associated Press
MOSCOW -- A plane carrying 88 people crashed in central Russia early this morning killing all aboard, an emergency official said.
The Boeing-737 traveling from Moscow to Perm went down about 3:40 a.m. today, Emergency Situations Ministry spokeswoman Irina Andrianova said.
The plane, operated by a division of Aeroflot, was on its approach to land in Perm when it crashed into an unpopulated area of the city, she said. A total of 82 passengers, including seven children, and six crew were on board, she said.
She said there was no damage or deaths on the ground and investigators were working to determine what caused the incident.
There was no indication of a terrorist attack, she said.
Perm is about 750 miles east of Moscow.
Russia and the other former Soviet republics have some the world's worst air traffic safety records, according to the International Air Transport Association.
Experts have blamed weak government controls, poor pilot training and a cost-cutting mentality among many carriers that affects safety.
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