Accessibility links

Breaking News

At Least 164 Bodies Recovered From Russian Plane

Rescue workers at the crash site on August 23 (epa) August 23, 2006 -- Investigators sifting through the wreckage of a crashed Russian airliner have found the remains of at least 164 people.

All 170 people on board died when the TU-154 crashed near the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk on August 22.

Reports say all bodies and body parts have now been removed from the crash site.

Investigators have also found the two black-box data recorders of the plane, which they hope will help explain the cause of the crash. Russian Transportation Minister Igor Levitin.

"They will be sent to Moscow to be deciphered by a technical commission of the [CIS] Interstate Aviation Committee together with representatives from Russia and Ukraine," Levitin added.

According to official preliminary information, one of the most likely causes of the crash was bad weather.

The airliner was on a flight from southern Russia to St. Petersburg when it crashed. Many relatives of the victims flew from St. Petersburg to Donetsk today.

Ukraine declared a day of mourning today for the victims, while Russia will hold a day of mourning on August 24.

(Interfax, ITAR-TASS)