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MOSCOW, Russia -- Here are details of some of the most serious crashes involving Russian planes in recent years, as reported by Reuters news agency:

July 1, 2002: A Russian Tu-154 collides in midair with a Boeing 757 cargo plane over southern Germany. The 69 passengers and crew on the Russian plane and the two-person cargo crew are feared dead.

October 4, 2001: A Siber Airlines Tupelov 154 flight carrying 77 people on board exploded and crashed into the Black Sea during a flight between Israel and Siberia.

July 4, 2001: A Tu-154 Russian passenger plane crashed and burst into flames in Siberia, killing all 143 people on board, officials said.

October 25, 2000: An Ilyushin-18 military plane flying from Russia crashes on a Georgian mountainside, killing 82 people.

November 11, 1998: Thirteen people are killed when an An-12 crashed on takeoff from Krasnoyarsk in Siberia.

December 6, 1997: Forty-eight people are killed when their Antonov-124, carrying two Sukhoi fighter planes, crashes into a residential area on the outskirts of Irkutsk in Siberia.

March 18, 1997: Fifty passengers and crew die when the tail of their An-24 charter plane breaks off in mid-air while en route for Turkey.

December 17, 1996: Seventeen people including commander of the Leningrad military district are killed when their military plane, an Antonov-12, crashes at an airfield near the city of Pskov in northwestern Russia.

November 28, 1996: Russian air force Ilyushin Il-76 cargo plane crashes in Siberia, killing all 23 people on board.

November 14, 1996: Thirteen people are killed when an antiquated Antonov An-2 biplane crashes in the semi-autonomous region of Komi in northern Russia.

August 29, 1996: A Tu-154 passenger plane carrying Russian and Ukrainian miners and their families to work on Norway's Arctic island of Spitzbergen crashes into a mountaintop, killing all 143 people on board.

December 7, 1995: A Tu-154 with 97 people aboard disappears en route to the Far Eastern city of Khabarovsk. No survivors were ever found.

June 16, 1995: At least 12 people are killed when their Antonov An-2 single-engine propeller plane crashes in bad weather in Russia's Far East on a flight from Poliny Osipenko, in the Khabarovsk region, to the city of Nikolayevsk-on-Amur.

April 8, 1995: An Il-76 plane crashes on the slopes of a volcano just before it is due to land at Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, regional capital of the far eastern Kamchatka peninsula. All 14 people on board are killed.

October 29, 1994: Twenty-one people die when an Antonov An-12 cargo plane crashes on approach near the airport of Ust-Ilimsk, 385 miles north of the Siberian city of Irkutsk.

September 26, 1994: A Russian Yak-40 airliner crashes while trying to reach an airport at Vanavara, Siberia, to make an emergency landing in bad weather. All 26 people aboard are killed.

March 23, 1994: A half-empty Airbus A-310 belonging to Russian state international airline Aeroflot crashes near Novokuznetsk, killing 70 people. Investigators say crash was caused mainly by the pilot's teenage son inadvertently disconnecting the autopilot.

January 3, 1994: All 124 people on board a Russian Tupolev-154 plane are killed when it crashes minutes after taking off from the Siberian city of Irkutsk on a flight to Moscow.

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