- The Washington Times - Sunday, November 17, 2013

At least 50 people are feared dead after a Boeing 737 airliner crashed on landing in the Russian city of Kazan on Sunday, the Emergencies Ministry said.

The Tatarstan Airlines flight from Moscow’s Domodedovo Airport was making a second attempt to land and exploded when it hit the runway, Reuters reported.

The Federal Air Transport Agency said that 50 people, including six crew members, were killed, Russia Today reported. However, a spokeswoman from the Emergencies Ministry said 52 people were on the plane.

An emergency services source told Russia’s Interfax that all the forces of the Volga Regional Emergency Center are on high alert. The Investigation Committee has launched a probe into the crash at Russian President Vladimir Putin’s request, said presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov.