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More than 40 dead in passenger jet horror

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tupolev-crashA PLANE with 52 passengers on board has crashed in Russia leaving at least 44 dead.


The Tupolev-134 was travelling from Moscow to the northern Russian city of Petrozavodsk when it crashed just before midnight. Aboard were 43 passengers and nine crew.

Eyewitnesses said that the plane exploded on impact creating a huge fireball. Many were amazed that anyone survived.

The aircraft crash landed in a field nine miles away from the airport narrowly missing houses and a motorway.

A spokesman for the Russian Emergency Ministry said: “Preliminary information is that about 40 are dead. The other eight are in hospital.”

The death toll is now believed to have risen to 44.

Russian Premier League soccer referee Vladimir Pettay was reported to be among the dead.

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