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Investigators to probe into all likely causes of Yak-42 crash

September 07, 2011, 19:29 UTC+3

The crash occurred just two kilometers away from the airport

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MOSCOW, September 7 (Itar-Tass) —— The investigation will consider all possible causes of the crash of Yak-42 near Yaroslavl.

"The investigation will examine all possible versions of what happened,” Investigative Committee spokesman Vladimir Markin told Itar-Tass. The IC has in fact acknowledged that not none of the versions will be excluded.

Meanwhile, as sources in the law enforcement have told Itar-Tass, according to preliminary conclusions the basic versions of the crash being considered were the crew’s error and technical failure.

"Among the major versions of the disaster there can be technical failure of the liner, which might have gone out of control during the climb, and the crew’s error," the source said.

"The crew had failed to gain altitude and hit an obstacle, the plane began to fall apart and burst into flames on impact," said law enforcement agencies.

The crash occurred just two kilometers away from the airport. "The weather conditions at that time were good," a source told Itar-Tass.

However, he stressed that all versions would be checked and talking about priority ones right now would make no sense.

In turn, the federal air transport agency Rosaviatsiya has told Itar-Tass that the Yak-42 had failed to gain altitude and collided with an antenna beacon. "After take-off from the runway the aircraft was unable to gain a safe altitude and collided with a the antenna of a beacon beyond the runway,” said the agency. “Then it fell apart and crashed."

The plane of the airline Yak-Service was carrying to Minsk from Yaroslavl the local ice hockey team Locomotive. According to the latest statements by the Emergency Situations Ministry, on board the Yak-42 there were 45 people, but only two were found alive.

The plane, according to aviation sources, had been in service for 18 years and had not yet exhausted its life cycle limit.

According to the sources, the plane was built at the Saratov Aviation Plant, where liners of this type were produced in 1979 - 2002.

Yak-Service has refrained from comment.


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