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Injured boy, 9, dies after Russian plane crash

Russia's Emergencies Ministry says a nine-year-old boy has become the 45th victim of the crash of a passenger plane in the country's northwest.
Emergency workers attend the site of the Tupolev-134 plane crash. (Timur Khanov/Komsomolskaya Pravda/Reuters )

Russia's Emergencies Ministry says a nine-year-old boy has become the 45th victim of the crash of a passenger plane in the country's northwest.   

The RusAir Tu-134 crashed in heavy fog late Monday just moments from landing at the Petrozavodsk airport in Russia's northwest.   

Eight people initially survived, dragged from the burning wreckage by locals. The ministry said the boy died of his injuries early Wednesday. His mother and 14-year-old sister survived.   

Russia's Deputy Prime Minister Sergei Ivanov said Tuesday that preliminary information shows the crash was caused by the jet's pilot missing the runway in adverse weather conditions.   

Petrozavodsk is near the Finnish border, about 640 kilometres northwest of Moscow. The plane crashed into a highway, but no casualties were reported on the ground.

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