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18/11/2013 05:07 GMT

Donna Bull, British Teacher, Among Dead From Russian Plane Crash

A British teacher was among the people who died when a Russian plane crashed, it has been confirmed.

Donna Bull was among the 50 people who died as the Boeing 727 was reportedly attempting a second landing at Kazan Airport in Tatarstan when it hit the ground and caught fire at around 7.20pm on Sunday.

Colleagues said Ms Bull was "a very popular and well-respected member of staff" at Bellerbys College in Cambridge.

James Pitman, managing director for Study Group's higher education division - Bellerbys College and International Study Centres - confirmed Ms Bull's death and that of her Moscow-based colleague.

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Everyone on board the plane crashed

In a statement, he said: "We have received confirmation of the very sad news that our Bellerbys colleagues Donna Bull and Yana Baranova were on the plane that crashed in the Russian city of Kazan yesterday.

"Donna had flown out from the UK to Moscow earlier in the day, where she met Yana, and the two were heading to Kazan for the start of a 10-day marketing trip."

Mr Pitman said Ms Bull joined Bellerbys Cambridge in April last year as an A-levels programme manager.

"She was a very popular and well-respected member of staff and will be sorely missed by both her students and colleagues," he said.

Ms Baranova, although based in Moscow, forged close relationships with Bellerbys staff in the UK in her capacity as recruitment manager and will also be "sorely missed", Mr Pitman said.

"We offer our heartfelt condolences to both families during this very difficult time."

Bellerbys Cambridge will be closed for teaching today, but open for staff and students to "come together and grieve".

The Foreign Office said: ''We can confirm the death of a British national in Kazan, Tatarstan, on November 17. We are in touch with local authorities and providing consular assistance to those affected.''

All 44 passengers and six crew members were killed, the Russian government said.