88 Killed in Russian Jet Crash

Boeing-737 from Moscow goes down on approach to Perm; no survivors
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 13, 2008 9:19 PM CDT
A fuselage piece of a Boeing-737-500 with the company's name Aeroflot, partly seen, lies at the crash site on the outskirts of the city of Perm in central Russia.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – A Russian jet en route from Moscow crashed on approach to Perm near the Ural Mountains in central Russia early Sunday, killing all 88 people on board, AP reports. It was not immediately known what caused the Aeroflot to crash into scrub land dangerously close to houses—but officials suspect a technical problem, CNN reports. No one on the ground was injured, officials said.

Victims included foreign nationals, with at least one passenger believed to be American. There was no indication of a terrorist attack. Russia and the former Soviet republics have some of the world's worst air traffic safety records.