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Bulgarian airliner crashes in snowstorm

A Bulgarian airliner carrying 50 people on a flight from East Berlin crashed in snowy weather on its final approach to Bulgaria's Sofia airport, killing all aboard, the official Bulgarian news agency said Wednesday. The crash of the Soviet-made TU-134 was the first major airline disaster reported in 1984 and Bulgaria's first serious air crash in 10 years.

The official East German news agency ADN said seven of those killed were identified as East Germans. A diplomat said Bulgarians and Turks also were among the casualties. Bulgaria's Foreign Ministry, according to a spokesman at the US Embassy in Sofia who was reached by telephone, said there were no American or British passengers on the plane.

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