9 killed in Russian military plane crash off Pacific coast

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November 7, 2009 05:10

A Russian military plane crashed near the country's eastern coast late Friday, killing all nine people aboard, news agencies reported. An emergency ministry official said the Tu-142-M3 anti-submarine turboprop crashed in the Tatarsky Strait about 20 kilometers off the Pacific coast, ITAR Tass reported. The plane disappeared off radar screens shortly after 11 p.m. when it was wrapping up a training flight, the Interfax news agency quoted a Defense Ministry official as saying. The official said the bodies of the crew and wreckage from the plane were removed from the water using emergency boats, the report said. Tu-142-M3 maritime reconnaissance aircraft was widely used by the Soviet navy.

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