Dozens feared dead in plane crash in Russian city of Kazan

Dozens of people are believed to have been killed as a passenger jet crashed on landing in the city of Kazan in Russia’s republic of Tatarstan, a spokeswoman for the Emergencies Ministry reported Sunday, RIA Novosti reports.

Irina Rossius said the jet, a Boeing 737, bound from Moscow to Kazan with 50 people on board, crashed at 19:30 Moscow Time, adding that there was an explosion. According to preliminary data, all those on board died, she said.

The pilot tried to perform a go-around after an aborted landing three times, a spokesman for Federal Air Transport Agency Rosaviatsiya said, adding that the airport in Kazan is closed now.

The Rossiya-24 TV channel reported that there were 44 passengers and six crew on board. Russia’s Interior Ministry said the plane belonged to Tatarstan Airlines.

Crew error is believed to be one of the possible reasons for the crash, a law enforcement source said.

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