A passenger jetliner has crashed at an airport in the Russian city of Kazan, killing 44 passengers and six crew members.. The Boeing 737 had taken off from Moscow and was reportedly trying to land but exploded on impact. Russian officials told local media there were no survivors.

The reports said the plane belonged to Tatarstan Airlines and crashed about 7.20 p.m. local time Sunday. There were no immediate indications of what may have led to the crash. Kazan is the capital of the Russian Republic of Tatarstan.


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The airplane is just the latest in several recent crashes in Russia. An April 2012 airplane crash killed 31, and more recently, in December 2012, five people were killed in a crash at Moscow's Vnukovo Airport.