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Grieving families taken to site of Ukraine plane crash

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Grieving families taken to site of Ukraine plane crash


Relatives of the 170 passengers and crew killed in a plane crash in Ukraine have been flown to the site of the tragedy from St Petersburg. The plane was packed with holidaymakers, including 45 children, returning home from the Black Sea resort of Anapa. Officials say the aircraft encountered a thunderstorm soon after cutting across Ukraine’s eastern tip, and came down about 45 kilometres north of Donetsk.

Yesterday rescue teams recovered all the bodies from the wreckage. They have also located the plane’s flight recorders. Officials initially said the aircraft was more than likely hit by lightning, but other experts are warning that it is too soon to draw conclusions. The passengers were mostly Russian, but included two Germans, a Dutch national, a French citizen and one person from Finland.

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