Backgrounder: Major air crashes in Russia in recent years

2012-12-29 18:48:07 GMT2012-12-30 02:48:07(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

MOSCOW, Dec. 29 (Xinhua) -- A Russian Tupolev Tu-204 passenger plane with eight crew members onboard slid off the runaway Saturday at Moscow's Vnukovo airport, killing four and injuring four others, the Emergency Situations Ministry said.

The following are major aircraft catastrophes that took place in Russia in recent years:

On April. 2, 2012, an ATR-72 passenger plane carrying 43 people crashed in Russia's Siberia region, leaving 32 people on board killed.

On Sept. 7, 2011, a YAK-42 passenger plane, chartered by the Lokomotiv hockey team, crashed after taking off near the central Russian city of Yaroslavl, killing 44 out of 45 people aboard.

On June 20, 2011, a Tu-134 passenger plane crashed in heavy fog on a highway about 1 km away from the Petrozavodsk airport in northwestern Russia, killing 47 people and injuring five others.

On Aug. 2, 2010, an An-24 passenger jet crashed in Russia's Krasnoyarsk territory, killing all 11 passengers.

On April 10, 2010, 96 people aboard Polish President Lech Kaczynski's official Tupolev Tu-154 plane were killed in a crash near Smolensk airport in western Russia. The plane was carrying Kaczynski, his wife Maria and a large number of senior Polish officials.

On Sept. 14, 2008, an Aeroflot Boeing 737 plane crashed in a ball of fire near the Ural mountains, killing all 82 passengers and six crew members.

On May 3, 2006, an A-320 of the Armenian airline went down into the Black Sea near the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi, killing all 113 passengers and crew members on board.

On Aug. 24, 2004, a Tu-134 passenger jet and a Tu-154 airliner crashed almost simultaneously after taking off from Moscow's Domodedovo Airport, killing all 90 people aboard the two planes.

On July 3, 2001, a Tupolev-154 plane crashed near the Siberian city of Irkutsk, killing 136 passengers and nine crew members on board.

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