September 14, 2008

One Chinese Citizen Killed in Russian Air Crash

Text of report in English by official Chinese news agency Xinhua (New China News Agency)

[Xinhua: "2nd Ld, Writethru: One Chinese Citizen Killed in Russian Air Crash"]

MOSCOW, Sept. 14 (Xinhua) - The Chinese Embassy in Russia on Sunday confirmed that one Chinese citizen died in an air crash in central Russia's city of Perm, in which at least 88 people have lost their lives.

The Chinese female passenger, Fang Fang, was a native from eastern China's Zhejiang Province and was born on Aug. 30, 1982. Her passport number was G04267136, the airline company Aeroflot told Xinhua.

There are also other foreign victims among the 82 passengers and six crew members, including seven from Azerbaijan, five from Ukraine, as well as each one from France, the United States, Turkey, Germany and Italy, the Emergency Ministry said.

The Boeing-737 jet, on the flight from Moscow to Perm, went down at about 3:00 a.m. (2300 gmt Saturday) Sunday on the outskirts of Perm in the central Ural mountains.

The plane, operated by Aeroflot's subsidiary Aeroflot Nord, was believed to have caught fire and exploded before falling.

Investigators and witnesses said in a televised interview that a failure of one of the passenger plane's two engines might have caused the tragedy.

Originally published by Xinhua news agency, Beijing, in English 1538 14 Sep 08.

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