Two planes have been confirmed to have crashed early today in Russia at almost the same time. The two planes have been confirmed to have crashed
within three minutes of each other. They both originated from the same airport. CNN has reported that the second plane disappeared over a popular
resort area where Putin is believed to be vacationing at this time. A Russian security source has stated the first plane transmitted that a
hijacking was underway just prior to crashing.
A Russian airliner crashed south of Moscow, and another passenger jet went missing about the same time after both took off from Moscow, the ITAR-Tass
news agency reported Tuesday. There was no word on survivors.
Authorities were not ruling out terrorism, the agency said.
A Tu-134 airliner that apparently had 42 people aboard crashed in the Tula region, 125 miles south of Moscow, at about 10:56 p.m. Monday, ITAR-Tass
reported, citing the Emergency Situations Ministry.
A Tu-154 with 44 people aboard went missing about the same time near Rostov-on-Don, about 600 miles south of Moscow, but authorities had not found the
wreckage, ITAR-Tass said.
Earlier, however, the agency said emergency officials reported that the second plane crashed about three minutes after the first one.
Quoting an unnamed air traffic official in Moscow, where both planes originated, ITAR-Tass said authorities were not ruling out terrorism. The agency
also reported that witnesses said they saw an explosion before the Tula region crash. Please visit the link provided for the complete story.
Witnesses state an explosion took place in mid-air on the first plane to crash, which carried 34 passengers and 8 crew members. The second plane was
carrying 44 passengers and 8 crew members.
Reports are now coming in that a fire has been spotted in the general vicinity of the disappearance of the second plane.
Putin has ordered the FSB investigate the crashes.
Meanwhile a third plane was forced to make an emergency landing in the Sakhalin Islands when one of its four engines went out. There were 254
passengers on board with 18 crew members.
This is a developing story.
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