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Russia Recovers Black Box in Ural Plane Crash

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Russian authorities say they have recovered the black box from the Aeroflot jetliner that crashed in central Russia early Sunday, killing 88 people.

Officials are hoping the recorder will show why the Boeing 737 crashed on approach to a runway in the Ural city of Perm. Television footage showed debris scattered over a wide area near a residential section of the city.

Officials say there was no immediate evidence of terrorism or sabotage. A spokesman for Russian officials investigating the case said technical failure most likely caused the crash.

Aeroflot is offering to compensate families of the dead up to 80-thousand dollars.

An airline spokeswoman, Irina Danenberg, said the passenger list shows passengers of 21 nationalities on board, including those from the United States, Switzerland, France, Germany, Turkey and Italy.

Authorities say one of the dead is believed to be Russian General Gennady Troshev. The general spearheaded Russian efforts in the 1990s to crush an Islamist separatist movement in the breakaway southern republic of Chechnya.

International experts say Russia and its former Soviet republics have some of the world's worst air traffic safety records. Analysts attribute the poor performance records to weak government controls, poor pilot training and cost-cutting efforts.

Last month, 65 people were killed in a Boeing 737 crash in Kyrgyzstan, a central Asian country once part of the Soviet Union. The plane was headed to Iran's capital, Tehran, when it crashed soon after taking off from the Kyrgyz capital, Bishkek.

The plane belonged to Itek Air, a Kyrgyz airline banned by the European Union from operating in EU airspace because of safety concerns.

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