141 feared dead in Russian airliner crash
Friday 30 August 1996
The crash, the worst in Norwegian aviation history, happened as the chartered Tupolev jet approached the island's only airport. The island governor's office said no survivors had been found and denied a claim from Moscow that five people had escaped from the wreckage. The accident occurred in bad weather six miles east of Longyearbyen. Air traffic officials said they had lost contact with the aircraft shortly before it was due to land. The miners were travelling to work in one of the island's three open- cast coal mines. Reuter - Oslo
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