Published: Thu, February 15, 2018
Business | By Max Garcia

Azerbaijani among dead in Moscow plane crash

Azerbaijani among dead in Moscow plane crash

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.

"Sixty-five passengers and six crew members were on board, and all of them died", Russia's office of transport investigations said in a statement.

Domestic carrier Saratov Airlines, which operated the An-148 flight, has said it will suspend usage of the type of plane involved.

The Antonov An-128 disappeared from radar screens four minutes after taking off from Moscow's Domodedovo airport, the office added. The aircraft wreckage was found near the village of Stepanovskoye in the Moscow Region.

The flight recorders captured different data in two airspeed sensors on the plane.

Russian authorities said it was too early to determine the cause of the crash.

The 65 passengers ranged in age from 5 to 79, according to a list posted by the Russian Emergencies Ministry, which did not give their nationalities.

Media outlets report the plane's captain decided not to have the plane de-iced before takeoff. The air disaster has reignited questions, however, about the twin-engine plane that was developed jointly by Russian Federation and Ukraine but phased out of production amid the political crisis between the neighbors.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered the creation of a special commission to investigate the crash.

"During the last seconds before it crashed the aircraft was falling with up to 22,000 feet per minute (365 kmh)", said flight-tracking service Flightradar24 in a tweet.

Both of the black boxes have been recovered from the crash site for analysis.

Pilot error was blamed for that crash.

All 71 people on board the flight were killed when it crashed into a field.

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