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A Boeing 737 passenger airline on a domestic flight in Russia has crashed and burst into flames while trying to touch down at an airport, killing all 50 passengers and crew on board.

The aircraft, belonging to Tatarstan Airlines had been attempting a second landing in the city of Kazan, when it crashed, officials have said.

There were no immediate indications of what may have caused the crash, which left no survivors.

Horror: Emergency workers sift through the wreckage of a Boeing 737 which crashed and crashed and burst into flames while trying to touch down at a Russian airport, killing all on board



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Wreckage: This photograph, provided by the Russian Emergency Situations Ministry, shows debris at the crash site of the doomed airliner


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Worry: A woman reads a list with the names of passengers who were on board the tragic plane. There were no survivors


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The ministry released a list of the dead, which included Irek Minnikhanov, 23, the son of Tatarstan's governor, and Alexander Antonov, who headed the Tatarstan branch of the Federal Security Service, the main successor agency to the Soviet-era KGB.

Mr Antonov was accompanying newlywed Mr Minnikhanov, son of Rustam Minnikhanov, who wed Frenchwoman Antonia Guichard just three months ago.

Reports said the plane appeared to lose altitude as it was making a second landing attempt, crashing and catching fire.


Tragedy: Newlywed Irek Minnikhanov, 23, the son of the Tatastan regional governor, was named among the dead. He had married wife Antonia, right, just three months ago



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Post time 2013-11-18 09:45:59 |Display all floors
Another source said the plane had made three attempts to land and lost altitude quickly in high winds and cloudy skies.

Weather in the city soon after was reported to be light precipitation and winds of about 8 meters per second, or 18 mph.

The 23 year old plane 'hit the runway and burst into flames', said a source at Russia's Investigative Committee which has opened a criminal probe into the horror.
A fuel tank was said to have exploded as the plane came down.

Firefighters extinguished a blaze on the aircraft.

The plane, which took off from Domodedovo airport in Moscow, crashed at 7.20pm, or 3.20pm GMT, today, at the airport in Kazan, located in Tatarstan, in the in the west of the country.


Grief: A psychologist at the airport speaks to relatives and friends of those who were on board



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Alert: Ambulances are seen outside the main building of Kazan airport. Although emergency workers rushed to the scene of the crash there were no survivors


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Post time 2013-11-18 09:46:42 |Display all floors

Disaster: The Russian passenger airliner crashed while trying to land at the airport in the city of Kazan, in the west of the country


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