Cambridge woman killed in Russia plane crash

The British national killed when a Russian plane crashed while trying to land at an airport has been named as Cambridge woman Donna Bull.

Student pays tribute to Russia plane crash victim

Khunakon Manmat says that students at Bellerbys College will miss their former teacher.
Khunakon Manmat says that students at Bellerbys College will miss their former teacher. Credit: ITV Anglia

A student at Bellerbys College in Cambridge has paid tribute to his former teacher after Donna Bull was killed in a plane crash in Russia yesterday.

The college has been closed today in light of the news, with several students and staff taking the opportunity to grieve the loss.

Donna Bull was killed in a plane crash in Russia yesterday.
Donna Bull was killed in a plane crash in Russia yesterday. Credit: Bellerbys College

Talking to ITV News Anglia, Khunakon Manmat said:

"I just heard this morning when I came to school and I was shocked.

"The first thing is she is very kind and she helped the students with anything if they had a problem.

"She's a nice lady and we're going to miss her now. I'm so sad."

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'Wonderful mother' killed in Russia plane crash

The widower of a British woman killed in a Russian plane crash said it was a "very difficult and emotional time" as her family tries to come to terms with the shock and loss.

Robert Crome said Donna Bull was "a wonderful mother" to her children George and Kate, and "kind, thoughtful and caring" to her friends and family".

Flowers and stuffed toys, part of a makeshift memorial, are seen left near a fence of Kazan airport.
Flowers and stuffed toys, part of a makeshift memorial, are seen left near a fence of Kazan airport. Credit: REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov

He said in a statement today: "She was also a dedicated and hard-working professional, as a teacher and educationalist, so her students will all miss her greatly. Words are inadequate to express our grief and loss.

"We hope that the UK and Russian authorities can help to ease any administrative difficulties. We extend our heartfelt sympathies to all those families in Russia who too have lost their loved ones in this tragedy."

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Probe assesses why plane did not land on first attempt

Russian investigators are trying to determine why the crew of a plane that crashed at an airport were unable to land on the first attempt.

Alexander Poltinin, the head of the local branch of Russia's Investigative Committee, said they are looking at the possibility of pilot error or equipment failure.

Debris still litters the crash site at Kazan airport in western Russia.
Debris still litters the crash site at Kazan airport in western Russia. Credit: REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov

The traffic controller at Kazan airport said the crew told him they were not ready for landing as it was approaching, but did not specify the problem.

One of the plane's two black boxes has been found, Mr Poltinin said, adding it could take weeks to identify some of the victims.

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