Russian jets crash

Discussion in 'Middle East - General' started by ScreamingEagle, Aug 24, 2004.

  1. ScreamingEagle
    Offline

    ScreamingEagle Gold Member

    Joined:
    Jul 5, 2004
    Messages:
    12,887
    Thanks Received:
    1,610
    Trophy Points:
    245
    Ratings:
    +2,159
    Anybody heard anything more about this?

    http://www.cnn.com/2004/WORLD/europe/08/24/russia.planecrash/


    (CNN) -- Two planes have disappeared from radar nearly simultaneously in separate incidents in Russia Tuesday night, and one was confirmed to have crashed, the Russian Emergency Ministry said.

    A passenger jet carrying 34 passengers and eight crew members in the Tula region crashed about 160 kilometers (100 miles) south of Moscow, the ministry said.

    Witnesses reported seeing the plane explode before it crashed, the Russian news agency Interfax reported.

    A ministry spokeswoman said the wreckage was located ablaze and that no one survived.

    Government-run news agency Ria Novosti reported that the plane's wreckage was in two separate locations.

    The second plane, carrying 44 passengers and eight crew members, apparently went down about 160 kilometers (100 miles) from Rostov-on-Don, in southern Russia, Ria Novosti reported.

    The spokeswoman said she could confirm only that the second plane had been lost to radar.

    The first plane disappeared from radar at 10:56 p.m. (2:56 p.m. ET), the news agency said.

    The Tupolev-134 had taken off from Moscow's Domodedovo Airport and was en route to Volgograd, in southern Russia.

    The spokeswoman said the wreckage was located ablaze and that no one survived.

    The second plane, a Tupolev-154, disappeared from radar at 10:59 p.m. (2:59 p.m. ET) after having taken off from the same airport en route to Sochi, a tourist resort on the Black Sea in southern Russia, the ministry spokeswoman reported.

    The Tupolev-154 is a standard medium-range airliner on domestic flights in Russia, according to aviation websites.
     
  2. krisy
    Offline

    krisy Senior Member

    Joined:
    Mar 30, 2004
    Messages:
    1,919
    Thanks Received:
    112
    Trophy Points:
    48
    Location:
    Ohio
    Ratings:
    +112
    I just heard this as well and have been trying to find out more too. I saw it on Fox and just read it on the net.
     
  3. Annie
    Offline

    Annie Diamond Member

    Joined:
    Nov 22, 2003
    Messages:
    50,847
    Thanks Received:
    4,644
    Trophy Points:
    1,790
    Ratings:
    +4,770
    excerpt:

    More here, seems very suspicious:

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/5810127/

     
  4. krisy
    Offline

    krisy Senior Member

    Joined:
    Mar 30, 2004
    Messages:
    1,919
    Thanks Received:
    112
    Trophy Points:
    48
    Location:
    Ohio
    Ratings:
    +112
    It does seem quite odd,Kathianne. I keep watching the news,but I don't think they have much info. I hope we find something out soon.
     
  5. BegToDiffer
    Offline

    BegToDiffer Rookie

    Joined:
    Aug 1, 2004
    Messages:
    17
    Thanks Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    1
    Ratings:
    +0
  6. Annie
    Offline

    Annie Diamond Member

    Joined:
    Nov 22, 2003
    Messages:
    50,847
    Thanks Received:
    4,644
    Trophy Points:
    1,790
    Ratings:
    +4,770
  7. Comrade
    Offline

    Comrade Senior Member

    Joined:
    Jan 9, 2004
    Messages:
    1,873
    Thanks Received:
    167
    Trophy Points:
    48
    Location:
    Seattle, WA.
    Ratings:
    +167
    I remember leaving the USSR after it became the CIS and flying into Prauge in 1992. When I tried to speak Russian to the Checks, it was like watching them eat a lemon... they really didn't like having to do that, they LOATHED having to speak Russian, even though they spoke and understood it perfectly well.

    But hell, who am I kidding. We know who.
     
  8. BegToDiffer
    Offline

    BegToDiffer Rookie

    Joined:
    Aug 1, 2004
    Messages:
    17
    Thanks Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    1
    Ratings:
    +0
    Surprised no claim has been made yet, so couldn't be any significant group, if it does prove to be an act of terror. In addition, I suspect local group linked to Chechyan, but I would monitor world wide events over next few days, as on some occasions, events in Chechyan are sometimes followed by events elsewhere. Not sure if any link, but this has been case in past.
     
  9. Comrade
    Offline

    Comrade Senior Member

    Joined:
    Jan 9, 2004
    Messages:
    1,873
    Thanks Received:
    167
    Trophy Points:
    48
    Location:
    Seattle, WA.
    Ratings:
    +167
    We'll probably find out in a few days, or even a few weeks. The Russian government isn't very forthcoming on these kinds of things. And what Putin claims may not even be the truth.

    But I suspect some kind of explosive was involved, rather than a hijacking with a trained pilot. I bet the US government already has a sattlelight photo of the wreckage and is looking at it while we type.
     
  10. BegToDiffer
    Offline

    BegToDiffer Rookie

    Joined:
    Aug 1, 2004
    Messages:
    17
    Thanks Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    1
    Ratings:
    +0



    Agree, but this was planned sometime ago (e.g. last few months), which leads me to belive it may be a training run. As you said, hopefully we'll get detailed analysis shortly.
     

Share This Page