Death toll rises to 47 from Russian plane crash

The RusAir Tupolev 134 with 52 passengers and crew on board crashed into a highway on June 20.

Updated: Jun 26, 2011, 22:51 PM IST

Moscow: Two people who survived a fiery
Russian plane crash have died in a Moscow hospital, bringing
the death toll to 47.

The Tu-134 plane slammed into a highway just minutes
before landing at the Petrozavodsk airport in Russia`s
northwest on June 20.

Eight people initially survived the crash, dragged from
the burning aircraft by people on the ground, but a 9-year-old
boy died a day later.

Dmitry Beloyartsev, a surgeon at the Vishnevsky hospital,
said a woman died late yesterday and a man today. Both had
been severely burned in the crash and brought to Moscow for
treatment.

The crash of the 31-year-old plane has been blamed on
pilot error, but Russia`s President Dmitry Medvedev also has
announced plans to take the aging Soviet-built planes out of
service starting next year.

PTI