Official: Plane crashes in Russia’s Ural Mountains with 88 aboard; no one survives

MOSCOW (AP) âÄî A passenger jet traveling from Moscow to the Ural Mountains city of Perm crashed near residential buildings as it was preparing to land early Sunday, killing all 88 people aboard, officials said. Emergency Situations Ministry spokeswoman Irina Andrianova said there was no indication of terrorism in the crash of the Boeing-737-500, which went down on the outskirts of the city at about 3:15 a.m. local time. Flight 821 operated by an Aeroflot subsidiary carried 82 passengers and six crew members, Aeroflot said in a statement. Among those killed were citizens from the United States, France, Turkey, Switzerland, Germany, Italy and Latvia, company spokeswoman Irina Danenberg said. The plane was on its approach to land amid low cloud cover when it crashed into an unpopulated area of the city, just a few hundred yards from residential buildings. Danenberg said the plane was at about 3,600 feet when it lost contact with ground dispatchers. The most likely cause of the crash was technical failure, Vladimir Markin, a spokesman for the federal prosecutors’ Investigative Committee, said in televised comments.