A RusAir Tu-134 airliner has reportedly gone down on approach to
Petrozavodsk airport in northwest Russia near midnight local
time Monday, fatally injuring 44 people on board. Eight people are
said to have survived the accident, but were seriously injured.
Multiple media sources including the New York Daily
News report that the aging airliner impacted the ground short
of the runway after clipping some trees while attempting to land in
heavy fog. The Russian federal transportation agency said there was
no indication of any problems with the aircraft prior to the
RusAir said the airplane was "in good working order." The air
traffic controller responsible for the plane told the Russian news
website lifenews.ru that visibility was just above minimums at the
time of the accident.