Russian and Ukrainian authorities are blaming severe weather for the crash of a Russian passenger plane in eastern Ukraine that killed all 170 people on board.
The Soviet-era Tupolev (TU-154) jetliner was headed to St. Petersburg from the Russian Black Sea resort of Anapa when it disappeared from radar Tuesday afternoon.
Television footage of the crash site showed scorched wreckage strewn over a wide area, with a piece of fuselage the only recognizable piece of the aircraft.
Russian authorities say the plane's crew sent out several distress signals before trying to make an emergency landing and crashing. The Russian prosecutor's office has opened an investigation into possible violations of air traffic rules.
Passengers included at least 41 children and an undetermined number of foreign nationals, including some Dutch citizens.
Less than two months ago, an Airbus jet skidded off a runway and burst into flames in Siberia. Authorities say 124 people died in the July ninth fire. On May third, an Armenian airliner crashed while trying to land in the Russian resort city of Sochi, killing all 113 people on board.