Backgrounder: Basic information about Tu-134 passenger plane

11:09, June 21, 2011      

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Forty-four people were killed when a Tu-134 passenger plane, belonging to the Rusaero airline, crash-landed in Russia's northern republic of Karelie, local media reported Tuesday.

Eight people were severely injured in the accident, which occurred at about 11:55 p.m. Moscow time (1955 GMT) Monday.

Since 1971, Tu-134 passenger planes have been involved in over 20 accidents which were caused by various factors, including engine failure, landing problem and terrorist act.

The following are some basic facts about Tu-134 planes:

The Tupolev Tu-134, a twin-engined airliner, is manufactured by Tupolev, a Russian aerospace and defense company headquartered in Moscow. The initial design was based upon the model of Tu-124.

The production of Tu-134 planes started in 1964, and Aeroflot launched full commercial service in September 1967. Tupolev started working on improved Tu-134 variants in 1968.

The first series of the plane could seat 64 passengers, while the revised Tu-134B3 offers 96 seats in a single class.

The plane, with three flight crew, is 33.8 meters in length, 8.9 meters in height, and has a wingspan of 29 meters.

Its maximum speed is 899 km per hour. The cruising capacity is 2,400 km with 7,000 kg of payload, and 3,500 km with a payload of 3,000 kg.

Source: Xinhua
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