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Russian Officials’ Plane Crashes

October 25, 2000

MOSCOW (AP) _ A Russian Defense Ministry plane with 75 people on board crashed Wednesday in Georgia, a spokesman for Russia’s Emergency Situations Ministry said.

The plane, an Il-18 transport with 64 passengers and a crew of 11, went down near the town of Batumi in the Caucasus Mountains country, said ministry spokeswoman Marina Rylina.

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