Russian plane crash kills all 71 on board

Psychic Russian 'foresaw deadly plane crash' but boarded plane anyway after misreading omen

Russian investigators say the plane crash that killed 71 people near Moscow on February 11 could have been caused by speed gauges being iced up. The plane exploded upon hitting the ground, federal investigators have said. The site of the crash was enveloped in heavy snow that was waist-high in places, making it hard to access, with emergency workers forced to reach the wreckage by foot and use snowmobiles.

The ministry added that it would today lift the main plane debris out of the crater formed upon impact. Most victims were from Orsk, where the authorities declared an official day of mourning on Monday.

Among the major problems, in March 2011 an An-148 crashed during a training flight in Russian Federation, killing all six crew on board.

The Emergency Situations Ministry reported that the search operation for the remains of Saratov Airlines Flight 703 has entered the final stage as of Tuesday morning.

Russian President Vladimir Putin delayed his plans to visit the Olympic Games in PyeongChang to monitor the investigation.




The captain had more than 5,000 hours of flying time, 2,800 of them in an An-148, the airline said. "It's not clear at this stage whether weather was factor in this crash".

Russian media outlets heavily reported the event.

A woman lighting a candle in front of the Christ the Savior Cathedral, to commemorate victims of a plane crash on Sunday, in Moscow yesterday. "Radio contact with the plane was lost several minutes after takeoff and the plane went off the radar", said Russia's air transport agency.

The choir had been due to give a concert to Russian troops operating in Syria. A team of 600 rescue workers are combing the site of crash, the report said.

A light aircraft crashed in November in Russia's far east, killing six people on board.

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