July 11, 2011 / 11:34 AM / 8 years ago

Timeline: Russia boat disasters

(Reuters) - Divers searching a Russian river boat which sank in the Volga at the weekend said they saw more than a hundred bodies trapped inside.

In 1986 Russia suffered one of its worst shipping disasters when passenger liner, the Admiral Nakhimov, hit the cargo ship Pyotr Vasev off the Black Sea port of Novorossiysk. At least 423 passengers and crew died.

Following are some of the major transport disasters in Russia over the last twenty years:

June 4, 1989 - At least 575 people are killed in the Ural mountains in the Soviet Union when two passenger trains are engulfed in an explosion from a leaking gas pipeline.

January 3, 1994 - All 124 people on board a Russian Tupolev-154 are killed when it crashes minutes after taking off from the Siberian city of Irkutsk on a flight to Moscow.

March 23, 1994 - An Airbus A-310 belonging to Russian state airline Aeroflot crashes near Novokuznetsk, killing 70 people. Investigators say crash was caused mainly by the pilot’s teenage son inadvertently disconnecting the autopilot.

August 29, 1996 - A Tupolev 154, chartered by the Russian mining company Trust Arktik Ugol, carrying 129 passengers and a crew of 12 to the remote Arctic island of Spitzbergen crashed killing all aboard.

December 6, 1997 - 48 people are killed when an Antonov-124, carrying two Sukhoi fighter planes, ploughs into a residential area on the outskirts of Irkutsk in Siberia.

October 25, 2000 - Eighty-two people, including eight children, are killed when a Russian Ilyushin-18 military plane slams into a mountain in Georgia to avoid heavy rain and lightning.

May 23, 2001 - A train smashes into a bus on a level crossing in the Baltic enclave of Kaliningrad, killing 14.

July 3 - A Vlastivostok Avia TU 154 on a flight from Yekaterinburg to Vladivostok, crashes near Irkutsk at Burdanovka killing all 145 aboard.

January 13, 2006 - Twenty-one people are killed at a rail crossing in the Ust-Labinsky district of Krasnodar region in southern Russia when a bus collided with a train in fog.

July 9 - A Russian Airbus A-310 run by Sibir airlines carrying 195 passengers and eight crew, crashes during a domestic flight to Siberia, killing 122.

August 22 - A Russian Tu-154 operated by Pulkovo Airlines crashes 30 miles (48 km) north of the east Ukrainian town of Donetsk, killing all 170 passengers and crew.

June 20, 2011 - Forty-four people are killed when a Tupolev-134 aircraft breaks up on landing in northern Russia.

July 10 - The Bulgaria, a two-deck boat built in 1955 travelling from the town of Kazan east of Moscow, sinks in minutes on the River Volga. At least 110 people, including some 30 children are killed.

Writing by David Cutler, London Editorial Reference Unit

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