Son of Tatarstan President Dies in Kazan Jet Crash

World | November 18, 2013, Monday // 10:31|  views

Fifty people died after a Boeing passenger plane crashed on landing in the city of Kazan in central Russia on Sunday, photo EPA/BGNES

Irek Minnikhanov, son of Tatarstan President Rustam Minnikhanov, is among the victims of a deadly plane crash at Kazan airport Sunday, the Russian Emergency Ministry has confirmed.

A Boeing 737 passenger plane crashed and burst into flames Sunday afternoon, killing all 50 passengers and crew on board, while trying to touch down at the Russian airport.

Tatarstan Airlines flight had been attempting a second landing in the city of Kazan when it crashed.

After the Russian Ministry released the list of the dead, it emerged that Irek Minnikhanov, 23, and Alexander Antonov, who headed the Tatarstan branch of the Federal Security Service, the main successor agency to the Soviet-era KGB, are among the fatalities.

Antonov has been accompanying newlywed Minnikhanov, who has married Frenchwoman Antonia Guichard just three months ago.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has spoken to Rustam Minnikhanov on the phone, expressing his condolences to relatives and friends of the deceased, and to the Tatarstan leader personally.

Authorities and the airline's insurance company will pay compensation of around USD 93 700 to each of the victims' families. A day of mourning has been set for November 18.

Rescuers have already recovered the bodies of all 50 people from the crash site, according to Tatarstan's Disaster Medicine Center. Now they are looking for flight data recorders.

Reports said the plane appeared to lose altitude as it was making a second landing attempt, crashing and catching fire. The cause of the deadly incident remains unclear.

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Tags: Tatarstan, president, Kazan, crash, Russia, Russian Emergency Ministry, Vladimir Putin, Federal Security Service


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