Death toll rises to 47 from Russian plane crash

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Posted: Jun 26, 2011 9:31 AM
Death toll rises to 47 from Russian plane crash

Two people who survived a fiery Russian plane crash have died in a Moscow hospital, bringing the death toll to 47.

The Tu-134 plane slammed into a highway just minutes before landing at the Petrozavodsk airport in Russia's northwest on June 20. Eight people initially survived the crash, dragged from the burning aircraft by people on the ground, but a 9-year-old boy died a day later.

Dmitry Beloyartsev, a surgeon at the Vishnevsky hospital, said a woman died late Saturday and a man on Sunday. Both had been severely burned in the crash and brought to Moscow for treatment.

The crash of the 31-year-old plane has been blamed on pilot error, but Russia's President Dmitry Medvedev also has announced plans to take the aging Soviet-built planes out of service starting next year.