Boeing 737 Crashes in Russian City of Kazan, Killing 50 People

A Boeing 737 airliner crashed on landing in the Russian city of Kazan, killing all 50 people on board, according to a statement from Tatarstan’s Ministry for Emergencies.

Flight 363 from Moscow’s Domodedovo airport burst into flames after hitting the runway in Kazan at 7:26 p.m. local time, according to a statement from Russia’s Investigation Committee. The plane was operated by the regional airline Tarastan Air Co.

“So far, the fire has been extinguished and investigators are conducting a crime scene examination,” it said. Kazan is about 1,000 kilometers (620 miles) east of the Russian capital.

Investigators are weighing “technical failure, pilot error and bad weather conditions,” as possible causes of the crash, the statement said. The plane broke in several pieces after trying to land for a second time, RIA Novosti reported, citing unidentified Transport Ministry and Volga Federal district officials.

Boeing, in a statement, said it’s prepared to provide technical assistance as the accident is investigated.

Irek Minnikhanov, the elder son of Tatarstan President Rustam Minnikhanov, was on the flight, Interfax reported, citing Tatarstan Deputy Prime Minister Yury Kamaltynov.

President Vladimir Putin has instructed the government to set up a commission to probe the cause, Interfax reported, citing his spokesman Dmitry Peskov. Alexander Bastrykin, head of the Investigative Committee, is in charge of the case and has sent a team of forensic investigators to Kazan.

The emergencies ministry published a list of the names of the victims on its website.

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