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Kazan airport back to normal after disaster

November 19, 2013, 14:47 UTC+3 19
45 passenger flights, including 20 delayed due to the accident, had already taken place
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KAZAN, November 19 (ITAR-TASS) - Kazan international airport in the Tatarstan republic is operating normally, reopened after the crash disaster there on Sunday, airport press secretary Regina Talova told Itar-Tass on Tuesday.

It opened again at 16:15 Moscow time (12:15 GMT) on Monday after the runway was cleared of debris from the ill-fated Boeing 737. All arrivals and departures are back on schedule.

The airport official said 45 passenger flights, including 20 delayed due to the accident, had already taken place. Flights to and from Istanbul, St. Petersburg, Rostov, Dushanbe and Hurghada had left and arrived successfully.

Teams of detectives, aviation experts and medical personnel are now at work between the runway and the terminal taxiway where the crash occurred.

Forty-four passengers and six crew died in the Tatarstan Airlines incident. The plane had flown from Moscow's Domodedovo airport.

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