Eight people survive Tupolev crash in Karelia, 250 km east of Finland
A plane crash in thick fog and heavy rain has killed 44 people in north-west Russia. A Swedish national is thought to be among the fatalities, as is one Dutch citizen and two Ukrainians. The website lifenews.ru has published a full list of the passengers.
Miraculously eight people survived the crash, which occurred when a RusAir Tupolev 134 aircraft carrying 43 passengers and nine crew attempted to land on a motorway about a kilometre from the airport at Petrozavodsk, capital of Russian Karelia, 250 km east of the Finnish border. The aircraft was flying from Moscow late at night. It hit a power line, narrowly missed some houses and caught fire on impact. Among the survivors were two children, thought to be a 10-year-old boy and his sister, as well as a stewardess. All are in a critical condition with severe burns.
Privately owned, Moscow-based RusAir specialises in charter flights throughout Western Russia and Eastern Europe. Founded in 1994, this is its first fatal accident.
[pictured: Petrozavodsk Airport]