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Russian Airliner Crash in Siberia Kills More Than 120

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A Russian airliner carrying about 200 people crashed and burned on Sunday as it tried to land on a rain-slicked runway in Siberia.

The S-7 Airlines (A-310) Airbus veered off a runway in Irkutsk, struck a concrete barrier and burst into flames.

Authorities say at least 122 bodies have been recovered, and that more than 60 other people survived the crash. Many are hospitalized. Other passengers apparently walked away from the crash site and had not been accounted for by late Sunday.

The passengers included a group of children traveling from Moscow to Lake Baikal, a popular Siberian tourist destination near the Mongolian border.

Authorities say flight recorders have been recovered and sent to Moscow for analysis.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered a government probe, and prosecutors have announced a criminal inquiry.
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