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Dozens die in Russia plane crash

MOSCOW, Russia -- Investigators are trying to determine why a Russian passenger plane crashed on Monday night, killing all 27 people aboard.

The Ilyushin-18 disappeared from radar screens as it flew from the Siberian city of Novosibirsk, Russian media reported. The flight had originated in the far northern city of Khatanga.

The plane, which had been chartered by a company called Irsaero, was heading for Moscow's Domodyedovo airport when it crashed near the town of Kalyazin, 150 kilometres (90 miles) north-east of Moscow, said Viktor Osipov, head of the Krasnoyarsk territory department of air transport in Siberia, ITAR-Tass news agency reported.

Viktor Beltsov, a spokesman for the Emergency Situations Ministry in Moscow, said 18 passengers, seven crew members and two technicians died in the crash.

The plane had been chartered by a Khatanga entrepreneur and was carrying businessmen, geologists and three Ukrainian construction workers who had been building a church in Khatanga, RTR state television and ITAR-Tass reported.

Aviation investigators fanned out across the wreckage site on Tuesday, picking through debris lodged in tree branches and on the ground.

The Interfax news agency reported that fragments of 10 bodies were found, and RTR said three black boxes had been recovered. Debris was scattered over a 2.5-kilometre (1.55-mile) area.

The cause of the crash was still unknown. The Ilyushin-18 is a four-engine turboprop with a capacity of up to 120 passengers, depending on its configuration.



 
 
 
 



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