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    Firefighters and rescuers work at the crash site of a Russian passenger airliner near Kazan, the capital of the Tatarstan republic, about 450 miles east of Moscow Sunday.

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    In this photo taken on Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013 and provided by Russian Emergency Situations Ministry, a psychologist at the airport speaks to relatives and friends of those who were aboard the Russian passenger airliner which crashed near Kazan, the capital of the Tatarstan republic, about 720 kilometers (450 miles) east of Moscow. A Russian passenger airliner crashed Sunday night while trying to land at the airport in the city of Kazan, killing all people aboard, officials said. The Boeing 737 belonging to Tatarstan Airlines crashed an hour after taking off from Moscow. There were no immediate indications of the cause. (AP Photo/Russian Emergency Situations Ministry)

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    A woman reads a lists with the names of passengers who were aboard Russian passenger airliner, Boeing 737, crashed in Kazan, about 720 kilometers (450 miles) east of Moscow, Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013. A Russian passenger airliner crashed Sunday night while trying to land at the airport in the city of Kazan, killing all people aboard, officials said. The Boeing 737 belonging to Tatarstan Airlines crashed an hour after taking off from Moscow. There were no immediate indications of the cause. (AP Photo/Nikolai Alexandrov)

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    In this photo provided by Russian Emergency Situations Ministry fire fighters and rescuers work at the crash site of a Russian passenger airliner near Kazan, the capital of the Tatarstan republic, about 720 kilometers (450 miles) east of Moscow, Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013. A Russian passenger airliner crashed Sunday night while trying to land at the airport in the city of Kazan, killing all people aboard, officials said. The Boeing 737 belonging to Tatarstan Airlines crashed an hour after taking off from Moscow. There were no immediate indications of the cause. (AP Photo/Russian Emergency Situations Ministry)

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    In this photo taken on Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013 and provided by Russian Emergency Situations Ministry fire fighters and rescuers work at the crash site of a Russian passenger airliner near Kazan, the capital of the Tatarstan republic, about 720 kilometers (450 miles) east of Moscow. A Russian passenger airliner crashed Sunday night while trying to land at the airport in the city of Kazan, killing all people aboard, officials said. The Boeing 737 belonging to Tatarstan Airlines crashed an hour after taking off from Moscow. There were no immediate indications of the cause. (AP Photo/Russian Emergency Situations Ministry)

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    In this photo provided by Russian Emergency Situations Ministry fire fighters and rescuers work at the crash site of a Russian passenger airliner near Kazan, the capital of the Tatarstan republic, about 720 kilometers (450 miles) east of Moscow, Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013. A Russian passenger airliner crashed Sunday night while trying to land at the airport in the city of Kazan, killing all people aboard, officials said. The Boeing 737 belonging to Tatarstan Airlines crashed an hour after taking off from Moscow. There were no immediate indications of the cause. (AP Photo/Russian Emergency Situations Ministry)

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    In this photo provided by Russian Emergency Situations Ministry, fire fighters and rescuers work at the crash site of a Russian passenger airliner near Kazan, the capital of the Tatarstan republic, about 720 kilometers (450 miles) east of Moscow, Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013. A Russian passenger airliner crashed Sunday night while trying to land at the airport in the city of Kazan, killing all people aboard, officials said. The Boeing 737 belonging to Tatarstan Airlines crashed an hour after taking off from Moscow. There were no immediate indications of the cause. (AP Photo/Russian Emergency Situations Ministry)

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Firefighters and rescuers work at the crash site of a Russian passenger airliner near Kazan, the capital of the Tatarstan republic, about 450 miles east of Moscow Sunday.

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KAZAN, Russia  — Video broadcast by Russian television stations shows a Russian plane going down at a near-vertical angle and exploding on the tarmac in Kazan in a giant fireball.

Sunday’s crash in the central Russian city of Kazan killed all 50 people on board. The brief video broadcast today by Russian television stations has been confirmed as authentic to The Associated Press by the emergency press service at Kazan airport.

The video emerged as investigators were combing through the charred fragments of the Boeing 737, trying to determine the cause of the deadly crash.

The plane belonging to Tatarstan Airlines was flying in from Moscow, 520 miles to the west, when it crashed while making its second attempt at a landing.

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