originally posted 8/24/04
Two Russian Airliners Crash
Steve Gutterman | Moscow | August 24, 2004
AP – Two Russian airliners carrying a total of more than 100 people crashed almost simultaneously south of Moscow, the ITAR-Tass news agency reported Tuesday. There was no word on survivors.
Update: Traces of explosives have been found amid the wreckage of one of two Tupolev airliners that crashed on Tuesday, say Russian officials.
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Stratfor is speculating that it might be terrorism.
A personal note: I have traveled frequently in Russia (thank heavens my wife arrived home on Saturday from Russia) and this wouldn’t surprise me. If you think pre-9/11 US security was lax. Well, security in Russia is almost non-existent.
Can anyone track down any news on this website posting?
The first plane was carrying 54 passengers and a crew of eight when it crashed in the Tula region near the village of Buchalki, the agency said, citing a duty officer at the regional center for civil defense and emergencies. The Tula region is about 110 miles south of Moscow.
The second plane was carrying 44 people when it crashed near Rostov, the agency said, citing an Inter-State Aviation Committee official. Rostov is about 600 miles south of Moscow.
Both planes were Tupolev Tu-154 jets, the standard medium-range airliner on domestic flights in Russia, other former Soviet states, Iran and parts of eastern Europe, according to the Web site Airliners.net.
In Washington, a senior U.S. State Department official said, “We are obviously concerned by the news. We’re following developments closely and trying to determine the facts.”