Airplane Crash in Ukraine Not Terror Related

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KIEV, Ukraine (AP) - A Russian passenger jet with at least 170 people aboard crashed Tuesday in Ukraine after sending a distress signal, authorities said. A news agency reported no survivors and that Russian officials had ruled out terrorism.

The Pulkovo airlines Tupolev 154, en route from the Russian Black Sea resort of Anapa to St. Petersburg, disappeared from radar screens over Ukraine about 2:30 p.m., officials said.

Minutes later, the Russian Emergency Situations Ministry said wreckage from the plane was found on the ground.

Ukrainian officials said there were 160 passengers and 10 crew members on board. The discrepancy could not immediately be explained.

RIA-Novosti quoted Ukrainian emergency officials as saying there were no survivors,