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A passenger jet en route from Moscow crashed outside the Urals
A passenger jet en route from Moscow crashed outside the Urals city of Perm on Sunday morning, killing all 88 people on board.

The Boeing-737-500 owned by Russian flagship airline Aeroflot crashed into an unpopulated area at 3:15 a.m. (2315 GMT) with 83 passengers and five crew on board, Investigator Vladimir Markin told RIA Novosti.

Aeroflot said the passengers included 21 foreign nationals and seven children.

Markin said the plane crashed into a ravine, and that part of the trans-Siberian rail line between Perm and Yekaterinburg was damaged.

Officials say there is no indication that the crash was caused by a terrorist attack. A team of investigators has been sent from Moscow to the scene of the disaster.

News channel Vesti-24 has shown footage of the plane wreckage strewn over a large wooded area.

Aeroflot pledged in a statement to pay bereaved families up to 2 million rubles ($80,000) in compensation per victim. The airline said the plane was on lease to the Dublin-based company Pinewatch Limited.


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