Tuesday, August 22, 2006

171 feared dead in Ukraine plane crash

Up to 171 people on board a Tupolev-154 are feared dead after the plane made an emergency landing in the Ukraine. The plane en-route to St Petersburg came down 40 km north-west of Donetsk. Many are said to be children according to CNN. The crew sent a distress signal at 15:37 Moscow time (11:37 GMT), and the plane disappeared from radar screens at 15:39 (11:39 GMT), Irina Andrianova of Russia's Emergencies Ministry told Itar-Tass news agency. The crash comes less than two months after at least 124 people died when a Russian Airbus A-310 skidded off a runway and burst into flames in the city of Irkutsk in Siberia. [BBCPosted by Picasa

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