Weston Family Killed in Russian Plane Crash

Family of four with dual citizenship among 45 killed in RusAir plane crash

A South Florida family of four were killed in the crash of a Russian airliner that went down Monday night.

Alexander Simanov, wife Lyudmila Simanova and daughters Yelizaveta and Yekaterina Simanova, from Weston, were among 45 people killed when the RusAir plane went down just before midnight Monday, according to the Miami Herald.

Simanov and Simanova managed a software company, MechCAD, while Yelizaveta attended Falcon Cove Middle School and Yekaterina was to begin kindergarten at Gator Run Elementary. All four had dual Russian-U.S. citizenship.

"The Falcon Cove School Community is saddened by the tragic loss of Yelizaveta 'Liza' Simanova and her family. She was one of our top students - a gifted and popular young lady who had a bright future ahead of her," Falcon Cove Principal Dr. Mark J. Kapland said in a statement.

The flight, which had left Russia and was en route to the Petrozavodsk airport in Russia's northwestern province of Karelia, crashed just before landing.

Russian officials say the plane slammed into a highway in heavy fog after the pilot missed the runway. The plane clipped a tree and hit a power line before slamming into the ground.

Both pilots were among the 44 people killed at the scene. Eight people initially survived and were hospitalized, but early Wednesday, officials said a 9-year-old boy who had been in the crash died.

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