Crashed Russian Plane Registered In Bermuda

November 20, 2013

The Tatarstan Airline which crashed in Russia on November 17th was registered in Bermuda, the Department of Civil Aviation has confirmed.

Fifty people died after the Boeing 737 crashed while attempting to land at the international airport of Kazan, the capital of the republic of Tatarstan.

There were 44 passengers and six crew on board, among them the son of Tatarstan’s president.

The Guardian reports that, “Witnesses at the airport heard a loud explosion when the plane hit the runway at 7.20pm local time, an hour after taking off from Moscow.

“The cause of the crash was not immediately known, but authorities speculated that pilot error or technical failure were the most likely explanations. Leftover fuel in the tanks is believed to have sparked the explosion.”

A Government spokesperson said, “The Department of Civil Aviation [DCA] can confirm that the Tatarstan Airline which crashed at Kazan Airport [Russia] on November 17th is a Bermuda-registered aircraft. The crash tragically resulted in the deaths of 44 passengers and 6 crew.

“The UK’s Air Accident Investigation Branch [AAIB] are aware of the incident and are working with the DCA and Russian authorities to establish the reason for the crash in accordance with their normal procedures.”

Last year another Bermuda-registered Russian airliner crashed in Tyumen, a regional hub about 1,000 miles from Moscow. There were 43 people onboard.

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