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Ukraine's aircraft manufacturer to join Russia's plane crash probe

Ukraine's aircraft manufacturer to join Russia's plane crash probe

Russian experts probing the weekend plane crash outside Moscow which killed 71 people said the accident may have been caused by ice on speed probes which led to faulty information on the craft's airspeed. All 65 passengers and six crew on board were killed. The plane departed from Moscow at 2:21 p.m. local time, but after a few minutes, it lost radio contact and disappeared from air traffic control radars.

A cockpit recorder and parts of the fuselage were retrieved from the site, while fragments of the plane, along with several bodies, were found in the nearby village of Stepanovskoye. One of the flight recorders was recovered, Russian news reports said, but it was not immediately clear if it was the data or voice recorder. The Investigative Committee of Russian Federation said officials have launched a criminal investigation, as all possible causes are being explored.

Azerbaijani citizen Namig Gahramanov, resident of the country's Yevlakh district, died in a plane crash near Moscow on Feb. 11, Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry's Spokesman Hikmat Hajiyev told Trend Feb. 12. The official list of passengers and crew has been published (in Russian) by the ministry. Its hub is Saratov Central Airport in southern Russian Federation.

Russian Ministry for Emergency Situations employees work at the scene of the plane crash
RUSSIAN MINISTRY FOR EMERGENCY SITUATIONS Russian Ministry for Emergency Situations employees work at the scene of the plane crash

Another Russian operator that uses the plane, Angara, based in Irkutsk in eastern Siberia, said it will keep flying them.

Emergency vehicles at the site of the crash in the evening after it happened. "For me it's hard to say the following as we are very happy that we won but in our country there was an air crash last night - 71 people perished", she said. Investigators blamed pilot error.

The last large airline crash in Russia occurred on December 25, 2016, when a Tu-154 operated by the Russian Defense Ministry on its way to Syria crashed into the Black Sea minutes after takeoff from Sochi.





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