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Washington Post: Russia claims human error, faulty sensor behind deadly plane crash

Russian Emergency Situations Ministry members work at the crash site of the short-haul AN-148 airplane operated by Saratov Airlines in Moscow Region

Russian Emergency Situations Ministry members work at the crash site of the short-haul AN-148 airplane operated by Saratov Airlines in Moscow Region, Russia February 12, 2018. REUTERS/Tatyana Makeyeva

The Washington Post reports, the Russian government is claiming that human error and a faulty sensor may be to blame for the recent Russian plane crash that killed 71 people on board.

On Tuesday, Russian investigators said the aircraft’s pilots failed to turn on the heating unit for its measuring equipment, which resulted in relaying speed data that was not accurate.

The Interstate Aviation Committee, after studying the plane’s flight data recorder, said the Sunday crash that occurred near Moscow was a result of the pilots reading conflicting data on the aircraft’s two air speed indicators.

The conflicted speed data was a result of the pilots failure to turn on the heating unit for the airplane’s pressure measurement equipment before takeoff, the committee said.

The aircraft was set on autopilot shortly after taking off from Moscow’s Domodedvo Airport, however, the pilots took back control of the aircraft after hearing alarm signals alerting them of the conflicting speed data.

According to investigators, the pilots performed a series of maneuvers which eventually took the plane into a nosedive, plummeting into a snowy field outside of Moscow, just six minutes after takeoff.

“Erroneous data on the pilots’ speed indicators may have been a factor that triggered the special flight situation,” the committee said, as quoted by the Washington based newspaper.

The crash killed all crew members and sixty-five passengers onboard.

(Crusader Journal Staff)

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