56 dead in Russian airliner crash
Nov. 17, 2013 A Russian passenger airliner crashed Sunday night while trying to land at the airport in the city of Kazan, killing all 50 people aboard. The Boeing 737 crashed about 7:20 pm local time (10:20 a.m. EST), an hour after taking off from Moscow.
Reports said the plane appeared to lose altitude as it was making a second landing attempt, crashing and catching fire.
Kazan is 450 miles east of Moscow. Weather in Kazan was reported to be light precipitation and winds of about 8 meters per second (18 mph).
A journalist who had flown on the same aircraft from Kazan to Moscow earlier in the day said that the landing in Moscow had been frightening because of a strong vibration during the final minutes of the flight.