Russia: Speed indicators failure may have triggered crash

Investigators say Russian AN-148 passenger jet crash may have been triggered by speed indicators failure

AFP, Reuters
16:43 February 13, 2018
Screen grab provided by the shows wreckage of a AN-148 plane in Stepanovskoye village, about
Russian AN-148 aircraft with 71 people on board went missing from radars after taking off from Mosco
The wreckage of a AN-148 plane is seen in Stepanovskoye village, about 40km from the Domodedovo airp
There were 65 passengers and 6 crew members onboard the plane.

Moscow: Investigators said on Tuesday that the Russian plane crash that killed all 71 people on board may have been triggered by speed indicators failure.

Russian authorities are trying to figure out how the Antonov AN-148 passenger jet on board fell from the sky minutes after take off and crashed outside Moscow on Sunday after taking off from the capital's Domodedovo airport. 

The Flight #6W703 plane operated by the domestic Saratov Airlines was flying to Orsk, a city in the Urals, and crashed in the Ramensky district on the outskirts of Moscow.

Russian news agencies reported 65 passengers and 6 crew were on board.

The flight path of the Saratov Airlines flight #6W703 from Moscow to Orsk. The Antonov AN-148 disappeared from radar screens a few minutes after take-off from Moscow. - Flightradar24

An emergency services source told Russian news agency Interfax that all 71 people ob board were feared dead.

Earlier, Interfax reported that the crash may have been caused by a collision with a helicopter, but there was no confirmation of this angle from investigators.

The jet, a Saratov Airlines AN-148, had taken off from Moscow's Domodedovo Airport with 65 passengers and 6 crew members on board. — AFP

The transport ministry said several causes for the crash are being considered, including weather conditions and human error.

Prosecutors opened an investigation into Saratov Airlines following the crash.

Here's a Youtube video of a AN-148 jet similar to the aircraft that crashed on Sunday.