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Crashes and jihad attacks spark England fans' fears for World Cup safety – Daily Star

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UNSURE: England fans on the 3 Lions board are worried about air safety in Russia

Russia has the worst air safety record in Europe, with 24 crashes in the past two years.

Last week a jet went down outside Moscow, killing all 71 people on board.

The deadliest accident saw 92 passengers die on Christmas Day 2016, when a plane plunged into the Black Sea.

The worrying figures do not include the terror attack on a Russian plane over Egypt in 2015 in which 224 people died.

Around 20,000 England fans will travel to Russia for the World Cup in June and face huge journeys between cities hosting matches.

“71 people dead on a plane in Russia before the World Cup. Doesn’t look too good”

One supporter

Organisers are putting on free trains for supporters but the long distances involved mean some will prefer internal flights rather than rail journeys taking up to 24 hours.

The distance between England’s opening Group G game against Tunisia in Volgograd and the clash with Panama in Nizhny Novgorod is 600 miles.

Then it is 550 miles between Novgorod and Kaliningrad, where England finish the opening round against Belgium.

Supporters could then face a 940-mile journey to Rostov or 790-mile trek to Moscow for a last-16 game.

Fans on Three Lions message boards have been discussing how to take flights between host cities, and Russia’s air safety figures show they will make the trips at their own peril.

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HOOLIGANS: There have been reports of hooligans planning to target England supporters

Since records began in 1945, there have been 519 accidents, the second highest figure worldwide.

After last week’s disaster fans took to social media to voice their fears.

One supporter wrote: “71 people dead on a plane in Russia before the World Cup. Doesn’t look too good.”

Flights are not the only concern for England fans. Russian hooligans are believed to be targeting them and there are also fears that the tournament could be a target for a terrorist attack.

Tournament bosses are said to already fear it will be a security and public relations disaster.

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