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VIDEO: Russian death plane nose-dived into tarmac

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Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2013-11-18

A chilling video on Monday showed a near vertical angle plummet of the passenger plane that on Sunday crashed into the tarmac at Kazan airport, east of Moscow, killing all 50 people aboard.

A video captured by an airport security camera showed on Monday how a 737 Boeing passenger plane on Sunday nose-dived into the tarmac and exploded into a giant ball of fire, killing all 50 people aboard.

The footage, confirmed by Russian authorities to be that of the crash, was broadcast by Russian television stations on Monday before appearing on YouTube.

The causes of the accident remain unclear, but reports suggest the plane – which belonged to Tatarstan Airlines – quickly lost altitude and crashed into the ground as it was trying to make a second landing attempt at Kazan, situated some 720 kilometres east of the Russian capital of Moscow.

According to the Associated Press, the airport traffic controller who was in contact with the plane before the accident said the crew had indicated they were not ready to land as they approached the runway, but that they did not  specify the problem.

Although both of the airliner’s black boxes have been located, investigators say they were damaged in the incident.

All 44 passengers and six crew members died in the crash.

(FRANCE 24 with wires)

 

Date created : 2013-11-18

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