At least 44 people were killed and only eight have survived, seven of them in critical condition, on a passenger plane with 52 people aboard (43 passengers and 9 crew members) that crashed on a road under landing in fog and at night, in the republic of Karelia, in northwest Russia, near the border with Finland.
The aircraft, a Tupolev Tu-134 twin-jet company RusAir from Moscow and directed to the nearby airport in Petrozavodsk, in the impact with the road fell apart. Some passers-by could have served as a relief to some passengers, scattered on the tarmac, unable to rescue someone before the carcase of the aircraft exploded in flames.
The crew is alive and is just a hostess survivors also two brothers, Anton and Anastasia, 9 and 14 years, and are among the survivors are hospitalized in serious condition, and - in the tragedy tragedy - their uncle who was waiting for them was caught assisting a heart attack at 'accident. The crash occurred at 23:40 local a few hundred meters from the runway. This morning, the Russian deputy,, said that it is probably a pilot error.
"From the first external data (waiting for the response of the black boxes retrieved, note) it is clear the pilot error, bad weather that has veered to the right and the fog has tried the runway visually until the last second, without finding it, "said Ivanov, who has been delegated the Russian aviation industry.
It appears to be a first reconstruction, the Tupolev is out of the landing trajectory and has made at least one turn in the air because of poor visibility (fog). But the order of the control tower to make another round Petrozavodsk, the plane, too low, would hit the high-tension wires and the tops of trees, barely avoiding some of the buildings, before falling with a crash on the road . It is unclear whether there are casualties among car users, but Russian television showed the image of a police car crushed under the fuselage and the bodies of several passengers scattered on the asphalt.
Witnesses, bystanders, they said on television that he tried to rescue the passengers: "The scene was terrible, and we started to save the victims. We have taken away some people who were in the middle of the road.
One grabbed my arm, but I have not had time to save her: everything around me began to explode, I could not get close, burning everywhere, "says the TV Viesti a man in his forties. The victims, almost all Russian even some foreigners: a Swede, a Dutchman, two Ukrainians and a family of four with dual Russian and U.S. citizenship.
The Tupolev 134, which crashed, it was learned, had been in service for 31 years, since the Soviet Union. On another Tupolev, Tu-154 on the largest, in April 2010 crashed in Smolensk, still in Russia, the former Polish president, Lech Kaczynski, his wife and other 94 people of an official delegation that was going to Poland pay tribute to Polish officers massacred by Stalin made in 1940 in Katyn.According to Ivanov vicerpemier, there are similarities between the two incidents.