That day there was a strong thunderstorm abnormal for that region. The crew decided to fly over it but something probably went wrong with the engine. 160 passengers and 10 members of the crew all died. There were about 40 children abroad (that's understandable - they were all going back from their vacations with parents. My note - initially the Russian mass-media had the cheek to state there were only 4 kids abroad which was a pure bs.)
Today, August 24 2006 is a mourning day. No entertainment programs on TV. We all mourn over people died in that crash.
While the official cause of the accident hasn't been announced yet, here below is a video taken from a mobile phone by one of the witnesses of the accident.
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Video of the TU-154 airjet crash