KAZAN, RUSSIA–A Tartarstan Airlines plane crashed in the city of Kazan Russia about 450 miles east of Moscow. The crash killed all 44 passengers and six crew members on the flight.
The 23-year-old plane was attempting to make a second landing in a flight which started in Moscow and ended tragically at the airport in its home city of Kazan.
According to a report from Herald Sun in Australia
Russian President Vladimir Putin expressed his “deep condolences to the relatives and loved ones of those who died in the plane crash at Kazan airport”, the Kremlin said in a statement.
“After receiving a report on the air crash, the head of state ordered the government to urgently form a commission to investigate the reasons and circumstances of what happened.”
Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev wrote on Twitter: “With all my heart I grieve for the relatives, friends and loved ones of the victims. A terrible tragedy.”
The cause of the crash is being investigated.
A video of the from Live Leak shows the plane exploding on its second attempt to land. Another YouTube video shows firefighters working at the crash site.