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Russia crash: Plane hit by lightning before deadly landing

Russia crash: Plane hit by lightning before deadly landing

Russian investigators looking into Sunday’s crash landing that left at least 41 dead on Monday morning named three possible causes for the incident: pilot error, poor weather and technical issues.

In the hours immediately following the incident, several contradictory accounts got in the way of the facts of the incident.

However, several things seemed clear: the 2-year-old plane was hit by lightning shortly after taking off at 6.02 pm local time: it lost control of at least some of its communications and navigation systems, and it burst into flames on landing heavily at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport.

The rescue effort also appears to have been hampered by passengers looking to retrieve their hand baggage.
Russia crash: Plane hit by lightning before deadly landing
Speaking with Russian media, members of the crew confirmed the plane had been hit by lightning and lost radio communications prior to returning to Sheremetyevo airport.

“There was a bright flash and a bang,” pilot Denis Evdokimov is quoted as saying. “The fire began after landing, I understand, because of the landing.”

AFP
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