Russian plane crash toll rises to 45 with boy's death

June 22, 2011 10:13


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MOSCOW - A young boy who was severely injured in a plane crash in northwestern Russia has died, bringing the toll in the country's worst air disaster in over a year to 45, emergency officials said on Wednesday.

Anton Terekhin died overnight in a hospital in Petrozavodsk, the regional branch of the Emergency Situations Ministry said on its website. The ministry said Terekhin was 10 years old, but some Russian media reports said he was nine.

He was the youngest of eight people who escaped alive from the wreckage of a Tupolev Tu-134 jet that crashed late on Monday while trying to land in fog at the airport outside Petrozavodsk, in the Karelia province 700 km (430 miles) northwest of Moscow.

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