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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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Investigators: 'Pilot error' caused Russia plane crash

The Russian passenger plane crash that killed 50 people, including Briton Donna Bull, was caused by pilot error, investigators said.

Russia's aviation safety watchdog said the pilots of the Boeing 737 somehow let the plane become too slow at a low altitude, resulting in a diving crash that killed all on board.

The crash site at Kazan airport in Russia. Credit: REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov

The Interstate Aviation Committee said the plane's engines and other systems were working fine until the moment it hit the ground.

The crew put the plane's engines on maximum power, raising the nose up at a sharp angle, causing a quick loss of speed - they then tried to gain speed by taking the plane into a dive, but hit the ground at a near-vertical angle.

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