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Two killed in biplane crash at Russian air show

A biplane taking part in an air show just outside the Russian capital has crashed in front of spectators, killing both people on board.

Video footage shown on Russian television showed the An-2 biplane swooping in an arc towards the viewing area in Balashikha, on the south-eastern outskirts of Moscow, with its wings tilted at a sharp angle to the ground at around midday on Saturday.

The left wings touched the ground and the plane crashed and caught on fire.

A spokeswoman for the regional investigative committee, Elena Markovskaya, was quoted by the Interfax news agency as saying both people on board the aircraft died.

There were no reports of injuries on the ground and the cause of the crash was not immediately known.


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