Russia plane crash kills 88 on-board

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Moscow, Sep 14: A Boeing-737 jet crashed near Russia's city of Perm in the central Ural mountains killing all 82 passengers and 6 crew on board, the jet's owner Aeroflot said on Sunday, Sep 14.

"The Boeing-737 carried 82 passengers on board, including seven children, and six crew. There were no foreign nationals on board. All passengers were killed," Aeroflot said in a statement. The plane was operated by the Aeroflot airline and was flying from Moscow to the Siberian city of Perm when it crashed in an unpopulated area as it was landing, said the agencies.

"As the plane was coming in for landing, it lost communication at the height of 1,100 meters and air controllers lost its blip. The airplane was found within Perm's city limits completely destroyed and on fire," the statement added.

"We have found the aircraft. It came down within the city limits (in Perm) in a patch of waste ground. Initial reports are of no casualties on the ground," Interfax news agency quoted Emergencies Ministry spokeswoman Irina Andrianova as saying.

The reports said that there was no indication of a terrorist attack. Investigators were working to determine what caused the crash.

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