Brother of Dagestan president killed in Russian air crash

5th December 2010, Comments 0 comments

The brother of the president of the Russian republic of Dagestan was one of the two people killed in a plane crash at Moscow airport, a Dagestan official quoted by Ria-Novosti agency said Sunday.

The brother of Magomedsalam Magomedov had originally been reported as among more than 80 people rushed to hospital after the Tupolev-154 broke into three pieces while attempting an emergency landing at Moscow airport Saturday.

But the Dagestani governnent said Sunday that Gadjimurad Magomedov had been killed and had been buried the same day, in keeping with Muslim tradition.

"The body has been taken back to Makhachkala, then it was taken to the president's home village, where it has been buried," said an official of the Dagestani government.

The second victim of the crash was Rosa Gajiyeva, the 81-year-old mother of Gadis Gajiyev, a judge in Russia's constitutional court.

The three-engine plane had recently taken off from Moscow Vnukovo airport bound for the Dagestani capital Makhachkala carrying 163 passengers and nine crew members when it experienced engine failure.

It made an emergency landing at Moscow-Domodedovo airport Saturday afternoon, but overshot the runway and broke into three parts.

© 2010 AFP

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