Wed, Aug 25, 2004
Update: One Russian News source is now
reporting that at least one of the aircraft involved in this
tragedy reported a hijacking shortly before it went down. Both
impact sites have been located and NO survivors have been
It appears that a major Russian aviation tragedy has occurred.
Two airliners are reported down... having taken off from the same
location, Moscow's Domodedovo Airport, at nearly the same
time. No survivors have been reported.
According to ITAR-Tass, a Tu-134 airliner, carrying a reported
42 people (34 passengers and eight crew members) is known to be
down some 125 miles south of Moscow (in the Tula region), at about
2256 local time, Monday.
In the other case, a Tu-154 carrying 44 passengers and eight
crew members, went missing at approximately the same time near
Rostov-on-Don, some 600 miles south of Moscow. Wreckage or other
evidence of the crash has not yet been found.
No causes are reported. None have been ruled out... including
the spectre of terrorist action. State Department officials a have
been quoted as noting that, "We are obviously concerned by
the news. We're following developments closely and trying to
determine the facts."
There is great confusion at the moment, especially since
emergency officials originally reported that the second jet went
down only three minutes after the first.
Russian agencies report that witnesses said they saw an
explosion before the Tula region crash. That aircraft was enroute
to the southern city of Vologograd. The other jet enroute to a
Black Sea Resort city, named Sochi. President Vladimir Putin is
currently vacationing in Sochi.
ANN will have more information as we are able to authenticate
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