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    A Russian Tu-134 passenger jet that made an emergency landing in the city of Surgut due to an engine flaming out on takeoff, exploded after landing, a police source said on Saturday.

    A Russian Tu-134 passenger jet that made an emergency landing in the city of Surgut due to an engine flaming out on takeoff, exploded after landing, a police source said on Saturday.

    None of the 130 people, including the flight crew, on board the aircraft were injured and were able to evacuate the plane before it exploded.

    "The fuel tanks of the aircraft exploded after landing, there are no injuries; the passengers were able to evacuate the plane before the explosion," the police source said.

    The police source said that there were another four passenger airplanes, including a Boeing, next to the Tu-134 after it landed, however, they were towed away to a safe distance before the explosion occurred.

    The plane has been completely extinguished, he added.

    The plane was taking off from Surgut in Siberia to Moscow at 1:25 p.m. Moscow time [10:25 GMT] when its turbine caught fire, the police source said.

     

    MOSCOW, January 1 (RIA Novosti)

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