Russian air crash: British teacher among victims

Donna Bull: 'A wonderful mother and a dedicated professional'. Picture: PA
Donna Bull: 'A wonderful mother and a dedicated professional'. Picture: PA
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TRIBUTES have been paid to a British teacher who was among 50 people killed when a Boeing airliner crashed near the Russian city of Kazan on Sunday.

Donna Bull, who taught at Bellerbys College in Cambridge, was a wonderful mother to her two children and a dedicated professional, her family said last night.

All 44 passengers and six crew died when the 737 exploded on impact while trying to land at the airport at about 7:20pm local time (3:20pm GMT), about an hour after it had taken off from Moscow. Authorities say the plane plunged almost vertically into the airport’s runway.

Robert Crome, Ms Bull’s widower, told the Cambridge News: “Donna was a wonderful mother to George and Kate – kind, thoughtful and caring to her family and her many friends.

“She was also a dedicated and hard-working professional, as a teacher and educationalist, so her students will all miss her greatly.”

The Tatarstan Airlines plane was making its second attempt at a landing and investigators are looking into possible pilot error or equipment failure.

Foreign Secretary William Hague said his thoughts were with the families of those killed in the crash, and that embassy staff in Russia were assisting Ms Bull’s family.