A packed Russian airliner crashed during an emergency landing outside Moscow yesterday, but miraculously only two passengers died.
A Dagestan Airlines jet carrying 163 passengers and nine crew members splintered into three sections as it skidded off a runway at Domodedovo airport, rolled over uneven ground and slammed into trees, Russian officials said.
Shortly after the crash, passengers started surfacing from the smoldering wreck — some holding luggage — as firefighters and medics arrived at the scene.
Nearly 90 passengers were injured and taken to nearby hospitals, according to officials.
The crash occurred 30 minutes after take-off from another airport 50 miles away, when the flight crew reported the jet's two engines failed and the navigation system was inoperable. A third engine failed during the landing.
"The reason why is not yet known," said Sergei Izvolvsky, an official at Russia's state-owned aviation agency.
Russian officials said it would open a criminal probe into the crash for possible violations of transport safety rules, according to local media reports.
The airliner, a Tupolev-154 plane, was the same type that crashed in April, killing Polish President Lech Kaczynski and 90 other passengers.
Some Russian airlines have stopped using the Soviet-era plane because of its age and history of recent crashes.
The flight was headed for Makhachkala, capital of the Russian province of Dagestan.
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