'Engine failure caused Russia plane crash'

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Moscow, Sep 15: Engine failure was a possible cause of Boeing 737 crash which killed 88 on-board in central Russia, officials determine. Investigators were at the scene on Sunday, Sep 14 of a crashed Russian plane in the city of Perm.

The Aeroflot flight went down as it was near landing in the city of Perm on the outskirts of a residential area, disrupting service on a major railway where it crashed and scattering debris over a wide area. Officials said the plane had lost contact with the control tower when it was about 3,600 feet from the ground, and Russian news media reported that investigators were examining whether the plane"s right engine had caught fire. The plane, built in 1992, had passed a recent inspection, officials said.

The plane took off in Moscow bound for Perm, about 750 miles away on the western edge of the Ural Mountains.

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