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Wrap: Russia looks to the skies as 3 incidents follow Siberia tragedy

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Monday is a day of mourning in Russia for the victims of a horrific air crash in Siberia that claimed over 100 lives.
MOSCOW, July 10 (RIA Novosti) - Monday is a day of mourning in Russia for the victims of a horrific air crash in Siberia that claimed over 100 lives.

But at least three other incidents occurred Monday that have fixed the country's attention on the aircraft industry.

Officials announced that the death toll in Sunday's tragedy in the city of Irkutsk had risen to 124.

An Airbus, owned by Novosibirsk-based S7, formerly Sibir airline, was making a routine flight from Moscow to Irkutsk, the home airport for popular tourist destination Lake Baikal.

Although the reason of the Airbus 310-300 crash has not been identified so far, preliminary reports suggest a fault with the brake hydraulic system might have caused the airliner to veer off the runway upon landing and burst into flames after hitting a concrete wall and plowing into garages.

Another 57 people from the passenger and crew list of 203 are being treated in the hospital.

The tragedy was the second Airbus crash in Russia this year after an Armenian A-320 crashed in stormy weather in the Black Sea killing all 113 people on board on May 3.

And another S7 Airbus was forced to make an emergency landing early Monday morning in Russia's Black Sea resort of Simferopol.

The Transportation Ministry said the plane had been flying from the Turkish resort of Antalya to Moscow, with more than 250 people on board.

The S7 press service said the liner had landed without any problems after the crew had detected a low level of engine oil during the charter flight.

Irkutsk also had an unwelcome reminder of its tragic past when a Tu-154 airliner had to make a forced landing after the pilot reported engine trouble.

Sunday's disaster was not the first to strike the Siberian city, as a Tu-154, in particular, crashed approaching the airport in 2001 killing all 145 people on board. Other losses of life occurred in 1994 and 1997.

But thankfully on this occasion, the pilot made a safe emergency landing and none of the 139 people on board was hurt.

Airport officials said the liner had had to circle over Irkutsk, 3,000 miles east of Moscow, for about three hours to use up fuel.

The Emergency Situations Ministry earlier said the Tu-154 liner was en route from Vladivostok in Russia's Far East to the Urals city of Yekaterinburg.

"The liner headed from Irkutsk to Yekaterinburg at 10.42 a.m. Moscow time [6.42 a.m. GMT] and twenty minutes later the commander reported a tail engine failure," a ministry spokesman said, adding that the commander had decided to make an emergency landing in Irkutsk.

In another incident, a Russian Tu-134 plane carrying Navy Commander Vladimir Masorin caught fire Monday during takeoff from an airport in Ukraine's Crimea peninsula.

Navy spokesman Igor Dygalo said one of the Tu-134's two engines had cut out at the Gvardeiskoye airport, 18 kilometers (11 miles) northwest of regional center Simferopol, possibly after a bird strike.

"One version of what happened is that a bird hit the plane's engine," Dygalo said.

He said that the plane had slipped off the runway because it was traveling at high speed and caught fire, adding that three crewmembers had been injured.

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