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    Airline in Siberian crash says plane overshot runway

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    MOSCOW, July 9 (RIA Novosti)-Russian airline Sibir said Sunday that one of its planes had crashed on landing in Siberia.

    Emergency services have said 102 people died and another 55 were injured in the tragedy in the city of Irkutsk, which is 5,000km (3,100 miles) east of Moscow.

    "Sibir Airlines regrettably confirms that a company plane, flight no.788 from Moscow to Irkutsk on the night of July 8-9, overshot the runway at 7:44 a.m. (local time, 10:44 p.m. Saturday GMT) and hit an obstacle near the airport after which a fire broke out," the company said in a statement.

    "Although the details of what happened are not yet known, we can confirm that there were 200 people (192 passengers and eight crewmembers) on board."

    The plane is believed to have hit the airport's concrete fence and then burst into flames.

    A representative of a local hospital said six people were in a serious condition and overall 53 people had been taken into for treatment, including six children.

    Most of the survivors were in the tail section when the accident happened.

    The flight recorders have been recovered and will be sent to Moscow for analysis.

    On May 3 an Armenian Airbus crashed into the Black Sea with the loss of all 113 passengers and crew.

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