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Seven dead in Russian plane crash

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• Russian passenger jet crashes on landing at Samara airport
• At least seven dead and 51 injured, says Interfax news agency
• Tu-134 belonged to Russian airline UTAir, according to Russian officials
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MOSCOW, Russia (CNN) -- A Russian passenger jet slammed into Samara airport Saturday morning in a crash landing, killing at least seven people and wounding 51 others, Russia's Interfax news agency reported, citing an emergency ministry official.

The Tupolev Tu-134 was attempting to land "in thick fog when a wing contacted the runway, causing the plane to break up," emergency ministry spokeswoman Irina Andrianova told Interfax.

The plane was carrying 63 passengers, including seven crew members. (Watch as snow blows on immense wreckage, doctors treat victims)

Rescue workers sifting through debris at crash site in search of victims and so far 10 have been taken to the hospital, with six listed in critical condition, Andrianova said.

"Another 34 victims are being provided with medical aid near the airport," she added.

The plane was headed from the Siberian city of Surgut to Belgorod, with a stop over in Samara.

Samara is one of the largest industrial cities in Russia and is located about 500 miles southeast of Moscow.

The ageing Tu-134 is widely used in the former Soviet Union.

The last major crash of a Russian airliner was on August 22, when a Tu-154 of Pulkovo Airlines crashed in Ukraine, killing all 170 people aboard.

In July, an Airbus-310 of S7 airlines went off the runway after landing in Irkutsk, smashed into adjacent buildings and caught fire, killing 123 of the 203 people aboard.

In May, an Armenian Airbus-320 crashed into the Black Sea while trying to land in the southern Russian city of Sochi, killing all 113 people aboard.

Samara is one of the largest industrial cities in Russia and is located about 500 miles southeast of Moscow.


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