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US aviation experts to come to Russia Tue for assisting in jet crash investigation

November 19, 2013, 1:34 UTC+3 WASHINGTON
The group of experts delegated to Russia is led by Dennis Johnson, a senior investigator of air accidents
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WASHINGTON, November 19, 1:26 /ITAR-TASS/. An interdepartmental expert delegation is expected to arrive in Russia Tuesday for rendering assistance in the investigation of Sunday’s disaster in the airport of Kazan where a Boeing 737 jet of a local airline crashed on the runway killing all the forty-four passengers and six crewmembers aboard.

Eric Weiss, a spokesman for the U.S. National Transportation Security Board told Itar-Tass by telephone the experts were to leave from Washington to Moscow Monday and would then travel to Kazan.

The group of experts delegated to Russia is led by Dennis Johnson, a senior investigator of air accidents. Eric Weiss said the group also includes a representative of the Federal Aviation Administration and four specialists from Boeing corporation that expressed readiness to render assistance in investigating the circumstances of the tragedy.

Weiss refrained from any more comments on the mission of the U.S. experts, saying the itinerary of their mission in Russia and the activities they would take part in would be determined after their meetings with Russian officials.

U.S. Administration has expressed condolences to the families and relatives of the victims, saying it was deeply saddened by the reports on the crash in Kazan.

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