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Russian plane crash blamed on "pilot error"

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Russian plane crash blamed on "pilot error"
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Investigators are sifting through the debris of a crashed Russian passenger plane.  Some 44 passengers and crew died in the catastrophe - but incredibly, eight people survived.
 
The jet had clipped a power line and was trying to land in darkness and thick fog at Petrozavodsk, 700 kilometres north-west of Moscow. It crashed just short of the runway, near a motorway.
 
The injured were taken to a nearby hospital. Some have been flown back to Moscow for treatment.
  
The authorities have blamed pilot error. It is the worst air accident in Russia since April 2010, when a plane carrying Polish President Lech Kaczynski crashed near Smolensk, with the loss of all 96 people on board.