Plane in crash improperly de-iced
Russia's civil aviation chief says the plane that crashed yesterday into a snowy field in Siberia, killing 31 people, appears to have been improperly de-iced, but he said there was no indication that negligence had caused the crash.
The twin-engine turboprop belonging to UTair crashed shortly after take off yesterday from the snowy western Siberian city of Tyumen with 43 people aboard. Twelve people have been hospitalised in serious condition.
The state news agency RIA-Novosti quoted Rosaviatsiya head Alexander Neradko as saying there was evidence "that the treatment of the plane with de-icing agents was not done at the necessary level". However, he also said there was no basis yet "to connect this with the causes of the crash".
The ATR-72 took off at 7:40 a.m. from Tyumen, a regional centre in Siberia about 1,700 kilometres (1,000 miles) east of Moscow, heading for the oil town of Surgut, about 650 kilometres (400 miles) away.
The plane came down in a field about three kilometres (two miles) away from the Tyumen airport, breaking into three sections upon impact. Part of it was destroyed by a fire that burned at least six people to death, said Sergei Kiselyov, police chief at the Roshchino airport in Tyumen.