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-- boo (, March 09, 2000


This is the story so far:

A passenger jet has crashed at Moscow's main airport, according to Interfax news agency. There are reports of fatalities. Details as available.

Report doesn't say if it's a Russian plane or not.

-- Jim Cooke (, March 09, 2000.

The Latest from AP at 2300 PST:

Jet Crashes at Moscow Airport

MOSCOW (AP) - A passenger jetliner crashed Thursday while taking off from Moscow's main airport and there were reports of fatalities, officials said.

The Ministry of Emergency Situations said rescue crews had been rushed to the site of the crash at Sheremetyevo airport and were searching for survivors. There was no immediate word on casualties, but the ITAR-Tass news agency said at least five people died in the crash and the Interfax news agency reported four fatalities.

The Yak-40 aircraft, a medium range Soviet-era passenger jet that carries up to 120 passengers, was carrying a crew of five and four passengers, the Emergency Situations Ministry said.

The plane rose briefly into the air and then plunged down, officials said. There was no indication what caused the crash, they said.

The plane was on a flight from Moscow to Kiev, the capital of Ukraine, officials said.

The airport was closed immediately after the crash and incoming planes were diverted to other airports.

-- Jim Cooke (, March 09, 2000.,2107 ,500178501-500234155-501148184-0,00.html

-- viewer (, March 09, 2000.,2107 ,500178521-500234188-501149360-0,00.html

"MOSCOW (March 9, 2000 6:34 a.m. EST - A passenger plane crashed during takeoff Thursday from Moscow's main airport, killing all nine people aboard, officialssaid.

The Ministry of Emergency Situations said there were five crew members and four passengers aboard the Yak-40 jetliner. Ministry spokeswoman Marina Ryklina said none survived.

The victims included Artyom Borovik, a well-known Moscow journalist, and Ziya Bazhayev, president of the Oil Alliance company, the Interfax news agency reported.

The crew consisted of a flight commander, two pilots and two flight attendants, Interfax said."

-- viewer (, March 09, 2000.

Meanwhile, AA looks after passenger safety. m/ap/topnews/ap543.htm

Airplane Door Opened To Pull Strap

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) -- Passengers startled by a sudden change in pressure aboard an American Airlines flight watched in surprise as a flight engineer opened one of the plane's exterior doors at 12,000 feet to pull in a loose strap.

Passengers on the Miami-to-Newark flight learned the door was opening only when they felt their ears pop and air rushed through the cabin about 1:30 p.m. Wednesday.

The pilot later explained that the strap had to be retrieved because of the possibility its buckle could break loose and get sucked into an engine, passenger Cora Diaz told The Star-Ledger of Newark in a story for today's editions.

Diaz said she was sitting at the back of the airplane and saw a flight engineer and two crew members open the door.

''Everybody picked up their heads and said, 'What's going on? What's going on?''' Diaz said.

After closing and locking the door seconds later, the flight engineer returned to the cockpit and the pilot explained the procedure. The pilot said the strap was inadvertently left behind by food service workers.

He told passengers he slowed the plane and remained at 12,000 feet during the maneuver, Diaz said.

She said the flight was full, but it wasn't immediately known how many people were aboard.

The Federal Aviation Administration was reviewing the incident, and a spokesman declined to say whether the pilot had acted properly. Telephone calls to American Airlines night were not returned Wednesday night.

-- viewer (, March 09, 2000.

Apparently, the Yak-40 is one of the oldest Soviet-designed planes. It was manufactured between 1965 and 1981, and has a capacity of 27 passengers and five crew members. This plane was scheduled to be scrapped in June. html

The Sheremetyevo-1 airport website:

Photos of the Yak-40:

http://aviation.pol.p l/photo/type/yak40.htm

-- viewer (, March 09, 2000.

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