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Russia plane crash Brit named

The British person who was killed when a plane crashed in western Russia has been named as Donna Bull. The Boeing 737 airliner, flying from Moscow, exploded when it hit the runway in Kazan killing all 50 people in board.

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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. 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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