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Detectives investigate 3 main versions of An-12 crash near Irkutsk

December 27, 2013, 12:22 UTC+3 MOSCOW

These are the piloting error, the malfunction of the airplane and the bad weather

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MOSCOW, December 27. /ITAR-TASS/. Detectives are investigating three main theories of the crash of an Antonov An-12 airplane near the Siberian city of Irkutsk, including the piloting error, spokesman of the Russian Investigative Committee Vladimir Markin told Itar-Tass on Friday.

“The detectives are investigating the piloting error, the malfunction of the airplane and the bad weather,” he said.

A criminal case was opened under Article 263 Part 3 of the Russian Criminal Code for violation of air traffic rules and the aircraft steering rules that entailed the death of two and more people through negligence. The search at the crash site continues.

“Five people found dead at the crash site are being identified,” Markin said.

In the research-and-production corporation Irkut the detectives are confiscating the flight technical documentation for the airplane, individual flight records of crew members, and samples of fuel the airplane was filled with.

“Employees from the Irkutsk aircraft-building plant that were involved in organizing the flight and its fuelling are being questioned. The information is received about people who could have been onboard the airplane at the moment of the crash - six crewmen and three aircraft technicians,” Markin said.

According to the investigation, at a distance of one kilometer from the landing strip the aircraft disappeared from the radars. When falling the plane, hitting with its wings the roofs of warehouses, was partially destroyed. All those on board were killed - six crewmembers and three accompanying persons. A criminal case was opened over the air crash on violation of the rules of aircraft traffic safety and operation resulting in the death of two and more persons through negligence (Article 263, part 3 of the RF Criminal Code).

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