Russian air disaster inquiry

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The Independent Online
MOSCOW - Investigators were yesterday trying to determine the cause of Russia's worst air accident for eight years, which happened late on Thursday when a Tupolev-134 of the state airline, Aeroflot, crashed on coming in to land at Ivanovo, north-east of Moscow, writes Helen Womack.

All 82 people aboard, including five children and seven crew members, were killed. The flight started in the Caucasian spa town of Mineralnye Vody, not far from where fighting is raging in the Georgian region of Abkhazia, but there was no suggestion that terrorists had sabotaged the plane. Rather, it seemed that a mixture of pilot error and misty weather had probably caused the crash.

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