State President Nguyen Minh Triet on June 21 sent a message of sympathy to Russian President D. Medvedev over the June 20 plan crash in the Republic of Karelia, Russia.

The Tu-134 passenger plane apparently clipped a power line and crashed in heavy fog on a highway in northwestern Russia , killing 44 people and injuring eight others, the Karelia branch of the Russian Emergencies Ministry said.

The plane, belonging to the RusAir airline, crash landed on a highway about one km away from Petrozavodsk airport at about 11:55 p.m, Moscow time./.