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Boeing airliner crash: Failed landing results in tragic Russian airliner crash

Boeing 737-500
Boeing 737-500
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The Boeing airliner crash that killed dozens of people occurred while the plane was attempting a landing in the city of Kazan in central Russia on Saturday, according to the Emergencies Ministry. RT News reported that 52 people died in the Boeing airliner crash. However, the Associated Press reports that only 44 people were killed in the tragic crash.

Russian news sources stated that the Boeing airliner caught on fire after it crashed. Emergency crews were able to extinguish the fire about one hour after the crash, ITAR-TASS reported.

The cause of the Boeing airliner crash is believed to be the result of an error from the pilots and possible technical issues may have played a factor in the crash as well.

The Federal Air Transport Agency stated that the plane attempted to land three times before crashing. The flight originated in Moscow and Kazan International Airport. The sight where the plane crashed remains closed, said a representative of the Russian Federal Air Transport Agency.

Emergency services are currently working at the site of the Boeing airliner crash and more information surrounding the details of the tragedy will be made available.

The plane involved in the crash is said to be a Boeing 737-500. That particular Boeing plane is pretty popular among airlines and it can carry between 108 to 132 passengers and has two cockpit crew members, RT reports.