Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 3 September 2014

Boy dies of plane crash injuries

Forensic experts examine the plane wreckage (AP)

A nine-year-old boy has died following a plane crash in north-west Russia, raising the death toll to 45, the Emergencies Ministry said.

The RusAir Tu-134 crashed in heavy fog late on Monday, just moments away from landing at Petrozavodsk Airport.

Eight people initially survived the crash, dragged from the burning wreckage by locals.

The ministry said the boy died of his injuries early on Wednesday. His mother and 14-year-old sister survived.

Russia's Deputy Prime Minister Sergei Ivanov said that preliminary information showed the crash was caused by the jet's pilot missing the runway in adverse weather conditions.

Petrozavodsk is near the Finnish border, about 400 miles north-west of Moscow.

The plane crashed on a major road, but no casualties were reported on the ground.

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