All 50 people on board a Boeing 737 were killed when the aircraft crashed yesterday in the Russian city of Kazan.

The aircraft had taken off from Moscow and was trying to land but exploded on impact at about 7.20pm local time.

The Russian Emergencies Ministry said there were 44 passengers and six crew on board the Tatarstan Airlines flight.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office confirmed that a British national died in the crash.

“We are in touch with local authorities and providing consular assistance to those affected,” the FCO said.

The airport in Kazan – the capital of Tatarstan – has been closed since the accident and is not expected to re-open until this afternoon. Kazan lies about 450 miles east of Moscow.