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Russia air crash death toll rises to 47

Published on 26/06/2011

The death toll from the air crash in northern Russia rose to 47 Sunday, after two more people died of their injuries in hospital, the health ministry said.

The victims were a woman who suffered multiple injuries and burns, and a man with burns over 80 percent of his body, the Interfax news agency quoted the ministry as saying.

The RusAir Tupolev 134 with 43 passengers and nine crew crashed into a highway late Monday after missing the runway at Petrozavodsk in the Karelia region of northwest Russia in bad weather.

Investigations into the cause of the crash are ongoing but Deputy Prime Minister Sergei Ivanov said last week it appeared to have been the result of an error by the pilot who failed to see the runway in bad weather.

The plane was flying from Moscow’s Domodedovo airport.

Five survivors are still being treated in hospital.