17/11/2013 11:46 GMT | Updated 25/01/2014 16:01 GMT

Russia Plane Crash: 50 Dead After Boeing 737 Explodes On Landing

Fifty people have been killed in a plane crash in the Russian city of Kazan.

The BBC reports the Boeing 737 had taken off from Moscow and exploded as it was trying to land at 15:25 GMT.

It is believed at least 50 people were on board, 44 passengers and 6 crew, all of whom died, reports Sky News.

Russian Emergency Situations Ministry fire fighters and rescuers work at the crash site

The cause of the crash is unknown but reports from The Federal Air Transport Agency said the plane was on its third landing attempt.

Kazan airport has been closed