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Plane Crash in Russia Kills All Onboard

A plane crash on Sunday in Russia left all 88 onboard the fight dead. The plane lost contact with ground control at about 3,600 feet. The plane hit the ground at a 30 to 40 degree angle.

The crash occurred in the small city of Perm, where it hit a section of the railroad in the city.

According to The New York Times the plane carried 20 foreigners, seven children, and six crew members. The reason of the crash is yet to be identified. The pilot of the plane did not have a clean record. Arrested about a month prior, he was to be charged with violation of the safety regulations.

Yahoo! News reported six children under the age of 10 onboard the flight. It listed citizens from the countries of Azerbaijan, France, Germany, Italy, Latvia, Switzerland, Turkey, and Ukraine all among the dead foreigners. According to the article, the engine of the plane caught on fire and fell to ground as it burned. It also mentions engine failure as the most likely of reason for the crash, and also notes that the plane experienced “‘difficult weather conditions’ — including low cloud cover and rain? around 3,600 feet where it lost connection with the ground dispatchers. The site showed the crash “apparently was connected to technical failure and a fire in the right engine,? the ITAR-Tass said. Someone found the recorders of the plane, but it will take weeks to analyze them. The crash of the plane occurred very near some homes, but no one who lived by was hurt, though some could feel the ground shake when the crash happened. “I felt an explosion, it threw me off the bed,? a woman from the city of Perm said. To help indentify the dead, relatives are asked to provide DNA samples.

This is the second former Soviet Union plane crash in the last month. The other crash also involved a Boeing 737 in which 68 of the 90 passengers died. That plane, which was headed to Iran, crashed just after lift off in Kyrgyzstan. The Russian airlines are not well regarded by the International Air Transport Association, The New York Times reports. This is attributed to cost-cutting and poor regulation and training of the nation’s airlines.