Russian jet crash kills all 88 on board

At least 20 foreigners and seven children were on the plane which witnesses said burst into flames as it prepared to land on a flight from Moscow. The wreckage cut off a stretch of the Trans-Siberian railway.

"It was burning while still in the sky and it looked like a falling comet," one female witness told Russia's Vesti-24 television.

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Among the victims was General Gennady Troshev, a former top commander of Russia's war in Chechnya and advisor to ex-president Vladimir Putin, Interfax news agency reported, citing Russia's transport ministry.

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