Russia jet carrying 71 people crashes after Moscow take-off

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A Russian airliner has crashed after leaving Moscow's Domodedovo airport, killing all 65 passengers and six crew on board.

The Saratov Airlines jet vanished minutes after take-off and crashed near the village of Argunovo, about 80km (50 miles) south-east of Moscow.

The cause of crash is unclear. Investigators and emergency crews are working at the snow-covered site.

The Antonov An-148 was en route to the city of Orsk in the Ural mountains.

Flight-tracking site Flightradar24 said the aircraft was descending at the rate of 1,000m (3,300ft) per minute shortly after taking off early on Sunday afternoon.

Pieces of wreckage and bodies were found spread over a large area. One of the flight recorders has been recovered, officials say.

President Vladimir Putin has expressed his condolences to the victims' families and announced an inquiry into the cause of the crash.

Russia's gazeta.ru website quotes unnamed investigators as saying the pilot had reported a malfunction and requested clearance for an emergency landing.

All 65 passengers were from Orenburg, the Russian region to which the plane was flying, a spokesman for the regional governor told Interfax news agency.

This is the first commercial passenger jet crash for more than a year - 2017 was the safest year on record for air travel .

Saratov Airlines is based in Saratov, 840km south-east of Moscow.

In 2015 it was banned from operating international flights when surprise inspectors found someone other than the flight crew was in the cockpit.

The airline appealed against the ban and changed its policy before resuming international charter flights in 2016.

It flies mainly between Russian cities but also has destinations in Armenia and Georgia.
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Officials: Iced sensors likely cause of Russian plane crash
By Susan McFarland
Feb. 13, 2018

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Investigators stand next to debris from a crashed Russian Saratov Airlines Antonov AN-148 near Argunovo, Russia, on Sunday. Authorities said Tuesday the crash may have been caused by failed speed sensors. Photo by Alexander Oleinikov/EPA-EFE


Feb. 13 (UPI) -- Investigators said Tuesday faulty speed sensor data, due to human error, is the likely cause of the Russian plane crash outside Moscow that killed 71 people last weekend.

The Antonov An-148 departed Moscow's Domodedovo Airport and was headed to Orsk 900 miles away when it crashed Sunday. All 65 passengers and six crew members aboard the plane died.

Authorities said flight recorder data revealed that faulty speed sensor readings were transmitted to the pilots before the crash -- possibly due to the sensors being iced over.

Interstate Aviation Committee investigators have said the pilots failed to activate heating equipment for pressure measurement instruments.

The investigation found that heating for all three of the plane's full pressure receivers -- which are typically activated before takeoff -- had been switched off during the flight.

"A preliminary analysis of the recorded information, as well as an analysis of similar cases that occurred in the past, suggest that the development of a special situation in the flight could be caused by incorrect data on the flight speed on the pilot's indicators, which in turn was apparently due to icing of the [sensors] when the heating systems are off," investigators said in a statement.

Saratov Airlines Flight 703 crashed within six minutes of taking off from the airport, according to the report.

Monday, officials began using DNA testing to identify remains.

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