June 20th, 2011
07:16 PM ET

Russian jet crash kills 44, authorities say

[Updated at 9:12 p.m. ET] At least 44 people died as a result of a Russian jetliner's crash onto a highway outside Petrozavodsk in northwestern Russia late Monday, emergency management officials said.

The jet had 43 passengers and a crew of nine when it took off Monday night from Moscow for Petrozavodsk, about 950 kilometers (600 miles) to the north, Russia's Emergency Situations Ministry said.

Ministry spokeswoman Irina Andrianova said survivors, including one child, were taken to hospitals.

Controllers lost contact with the twin-engine Tupolev-134 at about 11:40 p.m. (3:40 p.m. ET), and it crashed onto a highway outside Besovets, near the Petrozavodsk airport, the ministry reported. Andrianova said the jet broke into several pieces and caught fire after the crash, and that nearly 140 rescue workers, doctors and police officers were on the scene.

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  1. outawork

    Anything built in Russia to explode always works perfectly. Anything else.....

    June 20, 2011 at 7:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bill Mosby

      I've flown on a number of Russian airliner types, including those little Tu-134s. They always seemed well-built to me, and the cabin staff was a lot friendlier than what you get on Delta, anyway. Why, one time a member of the flight crew came back and opened one of the doors to let the kerosene fumes in the cabin dissipate for a half hour or so before takeoff. You can't get any more considerate than that, can you, lol!

      June 20, 2011 at 7:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Big Al

      Friendly cabin staff on a Russian jet liner? You must have really been hitting the vodkas, my friend. I've flow Aeroflot a good couple of times and being served meant being made to feel that you were being done a favour. Ask for a 2nd cup of tea and get a nasty look from an air hostess who acts like she'd rather be sticking needles in her eyes than in a plane full of "villagers."

      June 20, 2011 at 8:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Corey

      Russia may not make things pretty but they do make things that WORK. The AK-47 for example, or the Soyuz that still brings people to space while we retire our shuttles.

      June 20, 2011 at 8:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • fdadfsfs

      40 people die, and your first response is to insult and blame someone? Let me give you some advice, 40 people died today. 40 families lost a brother or a sister or a mother or a father or a baby... you are so vindictive, so vengeful so ready to strike when tradgedy strikes... doesnt that bother you? Don't you see how that is inappropriate? Who taught you to think that way?

      June 20, 2011 at 8:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Craig

      Hmmm. Saying the staff was better than Delta ain't sayin' much.

      June 20, 2011 at 8:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • nirmala

      With the kind of thinking you have, no wonder you are outawork!

      June 20, 2011 at 8:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mark

      Wow your very ugly on the inside aren't you? Whatever made you this way? 40 families lost someone they loved and all you can do is this? what if it was one of yours? Yeah thats what I thought, you probably wouldnt care about them either

      June 20, 2011 at 8:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bill Mosby

      Aeroflot is the one airline I never got to fly on, Big Al. Sibir, Krasair, yes. Maybe that was the difference, I don't know. But it was quite pleasant, and so was the food.

      June 21, 2011 at 12:45 am | Report abuse |
  2. Stan

    (First) – tragic!

    June 20, 2011 at 7:35 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Mary

    R.I.P. innocent souls 🙁

    June 20, 2011 at 7:36 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Frank

    Is it Tu-154 again?

    June 20, 2011 at 7:39 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Jesse

    my condolencence

    June 20, 2011 at 7:44 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Mike


    June 20, 2011 at 7:46 pm | Report abuse |
  7. RIP

    What a tragedy. May God bless you.

    June 20, 2011 at 7:52 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Fred

    TU-134. Retire that P.O.S. already!

    June 20, 2011 at 7:55 pm | Report abuse |
  9. n00b

    In Soviet Russia, highway crash into plane, destroying 40 jets.

    June 20, 2011 at 7:58 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Kimmie

    Tradjedy indeed!:(

    June 20, 2011 at 8:11 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Jonathan

    Almost as much of a tragedy as your spelling, Kimmie.

    June 20, 2011 at 8:19 pm | Report abuse |
  12. nirmala

    Welcome Comrades to the Goodfornothing Club!

    June 20, 2011 at 8:23 pm | Report abuse |
  13. banasy

    My condolences to the families of those who passed.

    I am very sorry for you losses.

    June 20, 2011 at 8:26 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Frangible

    Fact: the Tu-134 has a better safety record than the DC-9s Delta uses.

    In Federal Russia, safety record mocks YOU.

    June 20, 2011 at 8:27 pm | Report abuse |
  15. @Jonathan

    Way to be a nimrod!

    June 20, 2011 at 8:27 pm | Report abuse |
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