The a/c was a Yak-40, of a small regional airline based in Tatarstan (Russian province). One passenger tried to report the situation to airport officials before departure, but they just ignored him. An F/A was very proud of the fact that the airlines' pilots were so good at what they do, that they were able to complete the flight safely even when drunk. Go figure.
The recent IL-76 crash in NE Russia, is also now being blamed on drunks on board. The pilots in this case are far from being at fault, though. Apparently, the a/c was carrying 4 enlisted men, who, as a punishment for being found drunk on the job, were being sent to serve in one of the less nice regions of Russia. As they were stripped of their booze before boarding, they decided to look through the a/c's cargo for some kind of replacement. What they found was a 500 liter container of anti-freeze (the kind that is added to jet fuel in winter to prevent freezing. It wasn't supposed to be onboard the Ilyushin). As they were spilling the highly flamable liquid all over the floor of the cargo hold (couldn't hold the heavy container straight), one of them apparently decided to light up a smoke...
The one thing that does bother me about this version is the fact that it is so early in the investigation. I'm not sure how they know all those details, considering the a/c blew up and crashed into the ground.
Pacifism only works if EVERYBODY practices it