Added by Erik West on November 17, 2013
A passenger jet has crashed in the city of Kazan Russia, approximately 800 km east of Moscow. All 50 people onboard, including 42 passengers and 6 crew, are feared dead according to the Russian Emergencies Ministry.
The plane carrying the passengers, a Boeing 737-500, attempted to land at Kazan airport two times. Weather conditions were reported as light rain, +3 degrees Celsius (about 37 degrees Fahrenheit) with wind at approximately 28 km/h (17mph) from the southwest. The jetliner, on its third attempt, impacted nose first into the runway possibly killing all onboard.
Witnesses said the plane may have caught on fire after the crash landing,
“One of the fuel tanks detonated while the plane was landing,” said Emergency Ministries spokeswoman Irina Rossius. Whether the detonation was as a result of the crash landing is not clear at this time.
Emergency workers put out the fire within approximately one hour.
Visibility at the time of the crash was 5,000 m or 5 km (approximately 3 miles) with the ceiling (the height of the clouds) at 700 m (about 2,200 ft) – conditions that are within the norms of landing. As a possible result, officials say they will launch a criminal investigation.
The Boeing 737-500, flight number 2B-363, was operated by Tatarstan on behalf of Ak Bars Aero, has been in operation since 1993 and had a fleet of 10 aircraft, including two 737-500 jets.