RUSSIA: Relatives of the Tupolev-134 crash victims travel from Moscow to Petrozavodsk for body identification and mourning proceduresRecord ID: 382654
- Title: RUSSIA: Relatives of the Tupolev-134 crash victims travel from Moscow to Petrozavodsk for body identification and mourning procedures
- Date: 23rd June 2011
- Summary: DOMODEDOVO NEAR MOSCOW, RUSSIA (JUNE 22, 2011) (REUTERS) BUS CARRYING ALLEGED RELATIVES OF VICTIMS PULLING OVER NEAR PLANE ON TARMAC PLANE REAR ENGINE PASSENGERS GETTING INTO PLANE BUS ON TARMAC PLANE WITH RELATIVES STARTING DOMODEDOVO AIRPORT NAME SIGN DOMODEDOVO AIRPORT BUILDING WITH EMERGENCIES MINISTRY CARS PARKED NEARBY
- Reuters ID: LVAA5OMKC61KGISNZBL2P91AM93E
- Location: Russian Federation
- Country: Russia
- Duration: 00:00:42
- Topics: Accidents
- Story Text: Relatives of plane crash victims in Karelia travelled from Moscow on Wednesday (June 22) to the northern city of Petrozavodsk, accompanied by professional psychologists, according to a Russian Emergencies Ministry representative.
The Russian media reported that 61 people, whose relatives were plane crash victims on Monday, travelled to Petrozavodsk to identify the victims.
A Tupolev-134 was carrying 43 passengers and nine crew, crashed on a roadside 700 metres (2,300 feet) short of the runway of the Petrozavodsk airport at 11:40 p.m. local time (1940 GMT) on Monday killing 44 people and leaving eight survivors seriously injured.
On Wednesday morning, one of the eight survivors, a nine-year-old boy, died because of heavy injuries on Wednesday morning in a local hospital.
The Russian Investigation Committee spokesman in Karelia Vitaly Konovalov said the identification procedures were due to start on Wednesday.
"(Specialists) are identifying victims found at the crash site. In some cases, when the identification is difficult, a molecular-genetic examination is being carried out to identify the victims," Konovalov said.
The Tu-134 plane that crashed on Monday was operated by RusAir, a private company and was traveling from Moscow's Domodedovo airport.
The passengers included two Ukrainian nationals, a Swedish nationa, a Dutch national and four people with dual Russian-U.S. nationalisties, the Emergency Situations Ministry said. Germany's Foreign Office said a man with dual German-Russian nationality, was also killed.
The jet slammed into the ground and caught fire while trying to land on a foggy night in north-western Russia, officials said on Tuesday (June 21).
The plane veered off course as it was coming in to land and controllers had ordered the pilot to circle again, but the plane a power line, briefly blacking out the runway lights, Itar-Tass news agency cited a local emergency official as saying.
The Tu-134 is a Soviet aircraft whose maiden flight was in 1967. It was unclear when the plane which crashed was made.
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev offered his condolences to victims' relatives and ordered authorities to help survivors, according to a statement by the Kremlin. Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin had also offered his condolences, according to the government website.
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