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Video shows near-vertical crash of Russian plane

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  • Video: Russian plane crash

  • In this photo provided by Russian Emergency Situations Ministry, firefighters and rescuers work at the crash site of a Russian passenger airliner near Kazan, the capital of the Tatarstan republic, about 450 miles east of Moscow.

      In this photo provided by Russian Emergency Situations Ministry, firefighters and rescuers work at the crash site of a Russian passenger airliner near Kazan, the capital of the Tatarstan republic, about 450 miles east of Moscow.
    Associated Press

 
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KAZAN, Russia -- Video broadcast by Russian television stations shows a Russian plane going down at a near-vertical angle and exploding on the tarmac in Kazan in a giant fireball.

Sunday's crash in the central Russian city of Kazan killed all 50 people on board. The brief video broadcast Monday by Russian television stations has been confirmed as authentic to The Associated Press by the emergency press service at Kazan airport.

The video emerged as investigators were combing through the charred fragments of the Boeing 737, trying to determine the cause of the deadly crash.

The plane belonging to Tatarstan Airlines was flying in from Moscow, 720 kilometers (520 miles) to the west, when it crashed while making its second attempt at a landing.

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