9 Jul 2006

Russian Passenger Jet Crashes

A Russian passenger plane burst into flames after it crashed on landing in the Siberian city of Irkutsk early Sunday, killing at least 118 people. Russian news agencies said the death toll could be close to 150.

Russian Transport Minister Igor Levitin blamed the crash of the Airbus A-310 on wet runway conditions after rain, Russian news agencies reported.

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