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Russian Airliner Crashes Into Highway, Killing 44 People

A passenger plane en route from Moscow crashed on a highway in northern Russia, killing 44 people and injuring eight as it tried to land in fog.

The Tupolev 134 operated by RusAir broke apart and burst into flames when it hit the road short of the runway in Petrozavodsk before midnight, Federal Aviation Agency spokesman Sergei Izvolsky said by phone. Petrozavodsk is about 700 kilometers (435 miles) north of the Russian capital, near the Finnish border.